“Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop” is a new photography exhibition expressing the power of hip-hop. It gives fans of this genre an inside look at the work of big-name hip hop photographers as told through albums, photographs, magazine covers, and memorabilia ranging over 4 decades.
The photographs will be displayed alongside original contact sheets, which will give an intimate look that is rarely seen by the public. It will help to immerse into photographers’ journey and see the artists in front of the camera alike.
This is Contact High‘s first global stop outside the United States and now it is reimagined for the UAE. The exhibition aims to celebrate the prominence of the genre. Over 60 photographers including Janette Beckman, Barron Claiborne, and Jorge Peniche have exhibited their work. The creative director of the project is Fab 5 Freddy, the American visual artist behind some of the 90s best music videos for artists like Nas and Snoop Dog.