Janette Beckman


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British-born, New York-based photographer Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for publications such as The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers and documented the youth culture of the era. Moving to New York City in 1983, Beckman was drawn to the underground hip-hop scene where she photographed the pioneers of the culture such as Run-DMC, Slick Rick, Salt-N-Pepa, Grandmaster Flash. LL Cool J and Big Daddy Kane. Fast forward to 2021, Beckman’s dedication to the rebellious still rings true today. Whether it’s photographing the moving BLM protests in 2020, or celebrating the subversive through collaborations with brands like Levi’s, Dior, and Gucci, Beckman has been and always will be an artist of her times.

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March 23, 2023, 09:30 PM
Janette Beckman


Queens Public Library


In 2021, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $425.7 million through grantmaking, research and policy development, to advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations.