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HOW A YOUNG COLLEGE PHOTOGRAPHER STUMBLED INTO HIP-HOP HISTORY

For our next show at Slow Culture, we are presenting the first solo exhibition by photographer Paul Chan: “Off Safety.” From 1997 – 2003, Paul Chan photographed numerous rappers, skateboarders, and actors for a publication called Kronick Magazine (a gig he landed after meeting editor and publisher Meshack Blaq in a UCLA English program). Right on the cusp of the Internet and digital cameras, this was a time when we still relied on film cameras and print media. During his stint at the magazine, Paul amassed an unprecedented collection of images (shot on his dad’s old Nikon F2) that we are unearthing for the first time in nearly a decade. While most photographs were taken with the intent of being editorial portraits that were supplemental to a...

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OFF SAFETY X HVW8 - BERLIN, DE

PAUL CHAN OFF SAFETY – BERLIN October 8th - October 31st, 2015 The photos of Paul Chan represent the later part of the golden era of hip hop. Like blues and jazz before, hip hop is a true American art form. Born in the late 70’s and early 80’s from the New York boroughs, by the 90’s hip hop became the voice of the disenfranchised in inner cities battling years of Reaganomics, joblessness, and the crack epidemic that plagued American cities. Often drawing from this inspiration, hip hop soon dominated a large part of popular culture. Fueled by MTV and publications like the Source and Vibe, the genre constantly reinvented itself taking root in regional epicenters in the West Coast,...

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OFF SAFETY x BE STREET - PARIS, FR

OFF SAFETY – PAUL CHAN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION Paul “Animal” Chan was the discreet witness of hip-hop’s golden age. With his camera and the excuse of working to Kronick Magazine, he traveled through the United States accompanied by the most influent rappers of their generations. Lil’Wayne, Cam’Ron, Birdman, Snoop Dogg, Dre, Eminem, E-40, Neptunes… they were all once in front of his lens during key moments. When the musical industry went through rough changes, Paul quit and his photos stayed in boxes for years. Off Safety opens up his amazing archives and true treasures for hip-hop fans. After presenting his show in New York, he chose the Be Street Weeknd Paris 2015 to share with you in European exclusivity his pictures....

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OFF SAFETY x THE HUNDREDS x KINFOLK - BROOKLYN, NY

Video Recap :: Photographer Paul “Animal” Chan’s “OFF SAFETY” Art Show at Kinfolk 94 For his original job as a designer for Kronick Magazine, Photographer Paul “Animal” Chan set out to take photos of rappers, trying to get anything better than the typical stock photos he was provided. But unbeknownst to Animal, he just so happened to be documenting the golden age of hip-hop. So Last Monday, Paul gathered his favorite hip-hop portraits and put them on display over at Brooklyn’s Kinfolk 94 for his brand new art show, “OFF SAFETY.” See how the event went down and check out what the artist himself has to say. Presented by The Hundreds, Be Street, Elsewhere, and Pugilista. Courtesy of THE HUNDREDS.

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