Description - Living Proof by David Allen Harvey
Hip hop, which first began on the streets of the South Bronx in the early 1970s, has traveled the globe, finding a home in every corner of the planet. Remade by local cultures in their own language and regional style, hip hop's versatility speaks to its accessibility and universality. The lyrics, the look, and the lifestyle could easily be a cultural anthropologist's best example or worst nightmare of America's influence and cultural dominance. In 2005, Magnum Photographer David Alan Harvey began photographing local emcees in the Bronx River Projects, home of hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, whose legendary Zulu Nation parties of the 70s inspired a new generation of b-boys and b-girls. It is their descendants that Harvey has captured in Living Proof, a glimpse into hip hop in its many forms. Boogie Down thugs Uptown and Ruckus, unsigned artists whose lyrics are presented here, became Harvey's trusted friends and self-appointed guides, bringing him inside their homes, their families, and their lives. Harvey soon realized that the code of the streets would bring one of three fates- jail, death, or success. And so he traveled from the hood to Hollywood, gaining access to Ice Cube
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Author Biography - David Allen Harvey
David Alan Harvey discovered photography at an early age and quickly began photographing his family and neighborhood. At twenty Harvey lived with and documented the lives of a black family living in Virginia. These photographs were published in his first book, Tell It Like It Is. Harvey went on to shoot over forty essays for National Geographic Magazine and publish two additional books. Harvey has been at Magnum Photo since 1993 and lives in New York.