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Exhibition Review: Janette Beckman


Fotografiska New York is proud to present Rebels:From Punk to Dior, an
installation of photography featuring the work of artist Janette Beckman. The work is curated by Amanda Hajjar, and Cey Adams. The exhibition celebrates the launch of Beckman’s monograph of the same title, published by Drago. Rebels: From Punk to Dior covers four decades of photography.  

“I have always been attracted to documenting cultures and people who are passionate about doing things their own way regardless of society rules,” says the artist, Janette Beckman. “My journey has taught me there are no road maps, being an artist is just about following your passion no matter what happens.”

Janette began taking photos in London, capturing the likes of The Clash, Boy George and Blondie. In 1983 she relocated to New York City, where she began to focus on the growing hip-hop scene. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Museum of the City New York and the British National Portrait Gallery.

Andre 3000 New York City 2003

Rebels COOPH 001, Janette Beckman

Keith Haring, New York City 1985

Rebels COOPH 002, Janette Beckman

Sade, New York City 1983

Rebels COOPH 003, Janette Beckman

Salt-n-Pepa, New York City 1987

Rebels COOPH 004, Janette Beckman

Tracy Chapman, New York City 1988

Rebels COOPH 005, Janette Beckman

Mod Girl, Streatham, London 1977

Rebels COOPH 006, Janette Beckman

Rebels: From Punk to Dior was on view from November 18th, 2021, through January 9th, 2022. Want to see more? Check out the Fotografiska website here.

All images are © Janette Beckman and courtesy of Fotografiska.

Written by Rowynn Dumont

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