A Cree Native American and author of Who Shot Ya? Three Decades of Hip Hop Photography, Ernie Paniccioli is considered the premier “Hip-Hop photographer in America.” Paniccioli first made his foray into the culture in 1973 when he began capturing the ever-present graffiti art dominating New York City. From Grandmaster Flash to the athletic moves of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, to the fresh faces of Queen Latifah, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, and Lauren Hill, Paniccioli has been in the forefront documenting the greatest cultural movement since Rock and Roll in the 1950s. Ernie Paniccioli has been the chief photographer for Word Up! magazine since 1989. His work has appeared in a variety of books and periodicals, most notably Life, Vibe, Time, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and The New York Times, as well as on MTV and VH1.
“We the Hip Hop World Nation and Beyond Earth must always respect our brother for what he has offered to our World Hip Hop Nation and that is his science of taking fantastic pictures of our Hip Hop World. All praise Due to the Supreme Force for our warrior, father, thinker, teacher, speaker, historian, powerful photographer. The Hip Hop Photo King”
- Afrika Bambaataa, Universal Zulu Nation
“Mr. Paniccioli documented the only true representation of authentic Hip Hop history to date. He photographed the rise of the greatest inner city movement of the last 27 years of the 20th Century. The God of Hip Hop photography.”
- KRS1, The Temple of Hip Hop
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