A FINE ART GALLERY COLLECTION

by T. ERIC MONROE

Iconic Moments

Featuring 90’s artists in the prime of their careers, this visual story symbolizes hope and inspiration for new generations of Hiphop fans around the world.

Hiphop has had a profound influence on mainstream culture. In the 90’s, New York City was experiencing a cultural revolution, revealing a generation of artists that were able to express their authenticity while confronting social boundaries. Many now-legendary musicians were just beginning their careers, securing their success through lyrical innovation and groundbreaking albums. Inspiring decades of radical changes in the music industry, the Golden Era of Hiphop is now treasured across the world.

The Broadened Exposure Collection

Broadened Exposure presents intimate moments in music history, captured through the lens of T. Eric Monroe. The visual stories expressed in this collection represent a fresh and unseen perspective of cultural icons from the 90’s Hiphop Community, at a time before the Internet, social media, and digital photography. This historic vault of iconic photos is being shared with the public after being hidden decades, offering a rare glimpse into the unseen moments of a musical revolution. 

“Along the journey reviving this body of work, I have been humbled by the energetic response to these images. Beyond the iconography of artistry, the genuine feelings inspired by these visual moments reinforces the cultural relevance of 90’s Hiphop and its influence on today’s world.”

T. ERIC MONROE

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

T. ERIC MONROE

T. ERIC MONROE, photographer, captured thousands of iconic moments at a time before the Internet, social media, and digital photography. His body of work chronicles the intertwining worlds of Hiphop, Skateboarding, and Hardcore (Punk).


Creating his own opportunities, Monroe would seek out and shoot concerts, music video sets, industry only events, recording studios, and editorial assignments, building relationships with his subjects along the way. Eventually, these relationships developed into unfettered access that allowed him to move freely around industry events and to meet new artists.

ORIGINS OF THE WORK

T. Eric Monroe captured 98% of his work as a freelance photographer, selling images to regional publications. A large majority of his photos were never published and kept out of all commercial outlets. Monroe’s iconic portfolio was removed from digital distribution, laying dormant for 25+ years.

After years of retrieving and processing the images, Monroe is now beginning to share his body of work in this Visual Story of Art & Hiphop. Featuring iconic artists and intimate moments, this collection immortalizes portraits of legendary personas who shaped Hiphop Culture as we know it.

Harold Hunter

Peace, 1993

Wyclef Jean

Architect, 1996

Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Barber Shop, 1995

Purchase Inquiries

Archival prints are limited release & made to order. For International Orders and Premium Framing, please indicate shipping address and choice of black or white frame in the message content. We will reach out directly to complete your purchase.

Email Us

tdoteric@gmail.com

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

“As I began indexing and presenting my 90’s photography within the modern landscape, I realized I was sitting on something important. People connect deeply with the imagery of Hiphop’s cultural icons. I knew it was my responsibility to properly preserve and promote the work, a legacy of this revolutionary time in music history.”

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CULTURE IN CONTEXT

RARE & UNSEEN MOMENTS BOOK SERIES

The Trilogy

T. Eric Monroe’s body of work reflects a visual story of humanity in artistry. As Hiphop music continued to evolve and moments became memories, the Rare & Unseen Moments Trilogy presents the art in the context of 90’s creative work.



LYRICAL LEGACY

As 90’s Hiphop artists reinvented the genre over and over again, their style, quality, and influence have become imprinted on our cultural identity. For many, these individuals defined themselves beyond their lyrics and personas. Beyond the stage presence and iconography, this musical movement has inspired millions of people to feel empowered, understood, and represented.

Moments

Visit the artist’s website tdoteric.com to read about the story behind many of T. Eric Monroe’s iconic photographed moments.

Smif N Wessun

Metal Skies

1997

Mos Def & Talib Kweli

Get By

1998