Photographer Ilya Meefout present 1,2,1,2 – Portraits of Hip-Hop

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The Dutch photographer Ilja Meefout present at the end of november and the first book of 1.2 and a 1.2 – Portraits of Hip-Hop. The book consists of iconic portraits, in which he has made of the (inter)national hiphopsterren.

Ilya Meefout has, over the past decade, an impressive body of works is built up. This can be seen in the 1.2 by 1.2 – Portraits of Hip-Hop. In the book, it shows you a nice overview of his work. In addition, on the occasion of the book launch is also an exhibition will be organised. From the 28th of november, Meefout’s portraits (and buy!) in the New Metropolis of the Southeast.

The love for hip-hop

The photographer, who grew up in the concrete landscape of the surrounding area. The underground hiphop that is dominant in this neighbourhood of Amsterdam, was a source of inspiration for the Meefout. In such a way that he began it with the record of it. In the meantime shoot Meefout for more than 12.5 years, well-known hiphopartiesten. In front of his lens were such luminaries as Snoop Dogg, Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, Lil’ Wayne, Pusha T, Wu-Tang Clan.

The love for hip hop came early on in the Meefout to listen to the tapes of, among others, Eric B & Rakim, NWA, and Public Enemy. The love and passion for music is clearly evident in his photography. In its way, its heroes are stuck on the screen.

It is characteristic for his work is the way in which the artists out of their day to day context, it is to be achieved. Intuitively, looking to the photographer for the during the time that they are out of their role as an artist in steps. Meefout unique portraits, we get a special insight into a culture that millions of people around the world put it on. In particular, the sensitive nature of the photographs makes the work unique.

An introduction by Saul van Stapele

Hiphopjournalist and writer Saul van Stapele wrote on the occasion of the launch of the book in the introductory essay, the Visual arts, with a Hip-Hop Heart. A critical reflection on the often negative image of the hiphop part and the kind words about the intuitive and sensitive work of the Meefout.

In the book, and a 1.2 and a 1.2 – Portraits of Hip-Hop and is displayed at the beginning of december and will cost € 50,-. It is now available at select retailers and

The exhibition is on 1.2 by 1.2 – Portraits of Hip-Hop, is on display at the New Metropolis in South-East Bijlmerplein 876 of november 28, 2019 to 24 January 2020. All free of charge.

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