New York’s own Janette Beckman had the good fortune of kicking off her photography career at one of the most fertile moments for the city’s music scene — in the late ’70s and early ’80s, when punk was at its peak and hip hop was on the verge of becoming the most important musical movement to follow it. As a result, she snapped everyone from Run-DMC and Slick Rick to Blondie and Joe Strummer. (These images and more appear in our gallery of photos by Beckman and her contemporary, David Corio.) Beckman is still at it in the 21st century; recent subjects include M.I.A., Missy Elliott, and Thurston Moore.
If you’re a punk fan, you’ll definitely want to take a look at Beckman’s Made in the UK: The Music of Attitude 1977-1983. Hip-hop heads, meanwhile, would do well to check out The Breaks: Stylin’ and Profilin’ 1982-1990. You can also find a treasure trove of her new and old work at her website. Prints of her work are available via the Morrison Hotel Gallery.