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Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop takes you on a chronological journey through hip-hop visual culture. Featuring rare outtakes from over 100 photoshoots alongside interviews and essays from industry legends, the book celebrates the photographers who documented the beginnings of a cultural phenomenon as it moved from from old-school to alternative hip-hop and from analog to digital photography. The ultimate companion for music and photography enthusiasts, Contact High is the definitive history of hip-hop’s early days, celebrating the artists that shaped the iconic album covers, t-shirts and posters beloved by hip-hop fans today. Join us for a conversation with author Vikki Toback, photographer Carl Posey moderated by hip hop scholar Davey D.
VIKKI TOBAK is a journalist whose writing has appeared in The Fader, Complex, Mass Appeal, Paper, i-D, the Detroit News, Vibe, and many others. She is a former producer and columnist for CBS MarketWatch, CNN, Bloomberg News, TechTV, and other leading media organizations. Vikki is also the founding curator of FotoDC’s film program and served as the art commissioner/curator for the Palo Alto Public Art Commission in Silicon Valley. She has lectured about music photography at American University, VOLTA New York, Photoville, the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
CARL POSEY, a California native and student of the Academy of Art College in San Francisco started out shooting for local magazines and exhibiting work in San Francisco's Bay Area renowned Galleries. After his first assignment for Spin magazine in New York City he moved there a year later. During his first week in the Big Apple he landed a shoot with Warner Music Groups artist Del The Funky Homosapien. Carl's work is also included in "The Black Male" curated by Thelma Golden at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 94. Motivated by curiosity and a search for truth in images, Carl Posey has created some of the most iconic images associated with Hip Hop and its celebrities and industry. More recently Carl Posey was selected to be part of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. More at www.carlposey.com
DAVEY D is a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist. Originally from the Bronx, NY, Davey D’s been down with Hip Hop since since 1977 where he started out as an emcee for two crews TDK [Total Def Krew] out of Co-op City and the Avengers out of the Marble Hill Section of the Bronx. He moved to California and graduated from UC Berkeley. More at daveyd.com