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Jun 16, 2015

The Rickster.

The Funky Uncle.

The Lazy Hustler.

Whatever name he cheekily goes by, the legendary street photographer Ricky Powell is the master of wielding his camera to capture "right now" and creating a timeless picture. Basquiat and Warhol right before they enter their joint '85 exhibition. Run-DMC, in a mid-jump silhouette, photo-bombed by the Eiffel Tower. A born and bred New Yorker, Ricky synthesized what the classic era of hip-hop felt like whether you lived in the culture or not. The same honesty found in his celebrity photos is also found in his classic street photography. An female jogger getting limber for her jog. A man walking a gang of dogs across a NYC street. Unguarded brilliance!

Throughout his career, Ricky has allowed his camera to be the conduit to a highly popular New York public access TV show Rappin' with the Rickster. Four celebrated books of photography. Numerous exhibitions and slideshows. Collaborations and campaigns with the likes of Pepsi, X- Large, Dickies, WESC and more.

All of the success and accolades couldn't happen to a more deserving person. Hitting his 30th year as professional photographer, Ricky continues to be curious and inspired by the impressive instants of the streets and sharing them with the world. As he resolutely explains, "I'm all about beautiful souls."

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Talk Music Talk Playlist/033: The Ricky Powell Edition
This week's Spotify playlist features some of my favorite classic 80s hip-hop featuring some of the rap royalty Ricky Powell has shot: Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and more. A tight, 52 minute set built for speed. Enjoy!    

On a previous playlist for episode #26, I went expansive with a nearly four hour hip-hop digital box set of my all-time favorites. Check it out here:


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