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From the Artists Series. This portrait is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National American History Museum and in my book, Insights: The Portraiture of Charles R. Rushton, http://www.crushton.com
Since 2000 David Scheinbaum has photographed more than a hundred hip hop performers, both in concert and backstage. His black-and-white images present a nuanced and ultimately uplifting picture of this creative tradition. Scheinbaum has explained, “I am trying to give the viewers both a visual feel for the music and the musicians, a feel for the audience and crowd, and to give a face, an identity, to the many dedicated artists who perform this music and poetry.” Scheinbaum has more than thirty years’ experience as a photographer, a teacher, and an art dealer. While serving as an art professor at the College of Santa Fe, he has published five books of his photographs. Scheinbaum’s portraits are a celebration of hip hop and serve to demonstrate that the negative stereotypes regarding hip hop represent only a small part of its larger significance. David Scheinbaum and his wife, Janet Russek own the Santa Fe, NM photography gallery, Scheinbaum & Russek LTD (http://www.photographydealers.com/).
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