The Silver Room hosts exhibition of Mike Schreiber’s black-and-white photographs of various hip-hop figures, offering a snapshot into the genre’s players without the “shock and awe” of paparazzi and cliched posing commonly seen in the musical genre.
Schreiber states that he searches for subjects in their most humanistic surroundings, a technique for portraiture that stems from his training in anthropology. Thus, the collection of photographs reflect not only a documentary style of photography, but also an ethnographic representation of hip-hop culture.
Mike Schreiber, a New York-based photographer whose clients range from Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, VIBE, SPIN, Mountain Dew, City Year, Epic Records, and Universal Records, is deeply interested in humanity and its varied personalities, from entertainers, incarcerated communities, to street life in Havana, Cuba. His first book, True Hip-Hop (published by Mark Batty Publishing) captures an honest perspective in the cultural and personal lives of the hip-hop movers and shakers that define have defined an era.
The opening reception, on May 5, 2012, will offer the hip-hop enthusiast and photography follower a chance to meet Mike Schreiber, engage in a Q&A with him, and to see the photographs that offer a different look into the lives of hip-hop stars.