About the Artist

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, 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.

SHARING THE STORY

THE GOLDEN ERA OF HIPHOP

T. Eric Monroe’s photography spotlights the humanity in the creative process, capturing rich portraits that reveal a depth of feeling behind the stage personas. While some of the captured images were shared in magazines and international publications over the years, the majority of the work was never published and kept out of all commercial outlets, hidden away for decades, safeguarded from public consumption.

T. Eric Monroe is now opening his historic vault of 90’s photography to preserve and promote the legacies of iconic personas who shaped Hiphop culture. Featuring 90’s artists in the prime of their careers, Monroe’s body of work represents 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.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

“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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For the Culture

Remembering A Golden Era of Musical Revolution

ICONIC MOMENTS OF 90’S HIPHOP

ARCHIVAL PRINT PHOTOGRAPHY

VIRTUAL GALLERY