Altamont contributor Ricky Powell invites you to join him as he unveils work that has until now been sealed away from the public eye in his West Village apartment. Appropriately entitled Apt. A, the exhibition will be on display from October 7 to December 7, 2008 at SugarHead Quarters and feature Rickyâ€™s most personal, iconic photography to date.
Ricky Powell is a preserver of one of contemporary societyâ€™s most important cultural moments: the proverbial Golden Age of Hip-Hop. His ascendancy into this style of music occurred in its rebellious youth, born from his impulsive backstage raid of Run DMC and the Beastie Boysâ€™ Raising Hell tour in 1986.
As fate would have it, the Beastie Boys would bring Ricky along to photograph their 1987 License to Ill tour shortly thereafter. It was then that Ricky was first exposed to the wild underground universe of hip-hop superstardom that he has continued to document with unparalleled candor and sarcasm on film.
Indeed, Rickyâ€™s Apt. A collection presents a rare opportunity to look into the lives of hip hopâ€™s original luminaries before the culture was taken seriously enough to merit coverage in mainstream media. Having shot everyone from Slick Rick to Eazy E at their most candid and simultaneously histrionic, Ricky Powell has gone on to publish several books of his photography, launch a TV program and partner with Lush Lifeâ€™s Ryan Sikorski to further immortalize his work through a streetwear brand that reeks of New York authenticity.
Though his work has since taken him around the world several times, Ricky Powell remains aesthetically rooted in the streets of New York, anchored firmly to the environment that introduced him as a photographer back in the 1980s.
October 7 to December 7, 2008
174 Rivington Street
New York, New York