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Photograph by:
Ricky Powell, American, 1961 - 2021  Search this
Subject of:
KRS-One, American, born 1965  Search this
Boogie Down Productions, American, 1985 - 1992  Search this
Columbia University, American, founded 1754  Search this
dye and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Sheet): 15 × 18 1/4 in. (38.1 × 46.4 cm)
H x W (Image): 10 3/8 × 14 in. (26.4 × 35.6 cm)
chromogenic color prints
Place captured:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
1989; printed 2003
A color photograph of KRS-One performing at Columbia University.
KRS-One is pictured standing on stage on the right side of the image, facing towards the audience. He wears a New York Yankees jersey under a white jacket with red, yellow, and green stripes at the shoulders and a matching baseball cap. In his proper right hand, he holds a microphone out towards the crowd. The audience is on the left side of the image facing the stage. The front line of the audience is composed of young men wearing black Boogie Down Productions t-shirts with large pink letters reading [BDP]. Their arms are held out at their sides as though they're holding the crowd back from the stage. Along the bottom of the print is a handwritten inscription [KRS-ONE LIVE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY '89] with the photographer's signature [Ricky Powell / '03].
African American  Search this
Hip-hop (Music)  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rappers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© Ricky Powell
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Collection title:
Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photography Collection
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture