A FINE ART GALLERY COLLECTION
by T. ERIC MONROE
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.
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
Remembering A Golden Era of Musical Revolution
ICONIC MOMENTS OF 90’S HIPHOP
ARCHIVAL PRINT PHOTOGRAPHY
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.
Barber Shop, 1995
“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.”
T. ERIC MONROE
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.