The world of Hip Hop is one of rhythm, rhyme and rebellion. Originating on the streets of the Bronx in the 1970s, it has evolved into a global movement that inspires millions. And in the midst of this dynamic culture stands Ilja Meefout, a photographer whose lens has captured the soul of Hip Hop like no other.
From the Bijlmer to the world
Ilja's journey began in the Bijlmermeer, a bustling neighborhood in Amsterdam Southeast. Here, amid the concrete flats and urban landscape, he discovered his love for Hip Hop. Cassette tapes by Eric B & Rakim, NWA and Public Enemy were his window into a world of expression and emotion. These early influences are evident in his work, in which he captures the essence of Hip Hop artists with a hushed simplicity.
More than just pictures
Meefout's portraits are not just photographs; they are snapshots that take the artists out of their hectic world for a moment. No entourages, no chaos, just the artist in his purest form. Whether it's Snoop Dogg, Lil' Wayne or the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, Meefout's camera sees them not as superstars, but as people.
An Ode to Hip Hop
The book "1,2 1,2 Portraits of Hip Hop" is not only a showcase of Meefout's incredible talent, but also a love letter to Hip Hop culture. It tells the story of his growth as a photographer and his deep connection to the music and the people who make it. Against the backdrop of the metropolitan challenges of the Bijlmer, Meefout's work brings an honesty and authenticity that resonates both locally and universally.
In a world where Hip Hop is often defined by bling and bravado, "1,2 1,2 Portraits of Hip Hop" offers a refreshing and intimate perspective. It is a book that every lover of photography and Hip Hop should have in their collection.
Author: Ilja Meefout & Saul van Stapele
Size: 294 x 223 x 32 mm
Size: 352 pages
Weight: 1684 grams