Jul 5, 2013

Fine Art Friday: Ari Marcopoulos

As the internet catches fire for Jay-Z's "MCHG" project, I wanted to shine a light n the lesser known aspect of this project; the artwork and photography of Ari Marcopoulos. Ari's work has played the background for decades and I've enjoyed his gritty photos of cities and people around the world for a long time.

The Dutch artist is based in the US, but has been recognized worldwide for his photo essays of music and life. Marcopoulos began his career as an assistant for Andy Warhol but maintained a decidedly un-"POP ART" non-commercial style that was equally effective but more emotional and intimate. He has documented the infamous downtown hip-hop and art scenes of 80s New York and continues to work with lesser known artists and a full range of subjects across the map.

Check out some of his career highlights below, at least my favorite, and realize that projecting your creative image is an important part of entertainment that many hip-hoppers neglect too often.

ARI PHOTO BLOG // http://www.exfed.blogspot.com/

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