February 20, 2018, 8pm

Please join the AU Photo Collective and the AU Photography Program as we welcome NYC-based photographer Janette Beckman to campus. Beckman will be speaking about her experiences photographing the UK punk and US hip hop communities as well as some of her more recent commercial work.

The following morning, Beckman will hold portfolio reviews with students.

Janette Beckman is a British-born photographer who now lives and works in New York. She began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers.

Moving to NYC in 1983 she was drawn to the underground hip-hop scene and photographed pioneers such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt’n’Pepa, Grand Master Flash and LL Cool J.

Beckman has published four books: ‘Rap, Portraits & Lyrics of a Generation of Black Rockers’, ‘Made In The UK The Music of Attitude 1977-1983’, ‘The Breaks, Stylin’ and Proflin’ 1982- 1990′ and ‘El Hoyo Maravilla’.

Her work has been shown in galleries worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of the City of New York. She is represented by the Fahey Klein Gallery.

Beckman continues to chronicle the great sub-cultures of our generation and as well as working on shoots for fashion brands such as Levis, and Dior.


Wechsler Theater
3rd Floor, Mary Graydon Center
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW DC

Photography by Gudrun Georges.