On Friday, May 1st, DSSF proudly presents, I Shoot People, a collection of Hip-Hop photography by SF’s own Trevor Traynor. The opening reception will feature special musical performances by Richie Cunning and Melina Jones, two of SF’s fiercest Hip Hop MC’s, while Ren The Vinyl Archeologist will be holding down the turntables throughout the night.
I Shoot People is a not only Trevor’s first solo show in S.F., but it also marks the debut unveiling of his Hip Hop photography to collectors, his first step outside of his fine arts background. Trevor has been documenting the culture for the past five years; shooting live concerts, portrait shots, album covers, magazine spreads, and more. Notable artists he’s worked with include Afrika Bambatta, Rakim, KRS-One, Nas, N.E.R.D., Mos Def, Q-Tip, De La Soul, M.I.A., Public Enemy, Wu-Tang Clan and much more. His portfolio is a who’s who of Hip Hop culture, from the underground to the mainstream, from the old school to the new school.
Hip-Hop culture was a big influence on Trevor early on. Trevor elaborates, “When I was a youngling in the late 80’s, I would try to break dance with my cousins in Long Island and sneak sessions on my brother’s turntables. I started emceeing on a Japanese label and opening for acts like Swollen Members and Souls of Mischief while my brother Shel Shock made beats for artist like AG (D.I.T.C), Casual (Hiero), & Dres (Black Sheep). I grew up in the golden years of the 90’s, and now I get to shoot people that inspire me. I am grateful for that”.
In addition to Trevor’s limited edition prints, you can view and purchase his t-shirt line being put out in conjunction with D-Structure as well as a collector’s show catalogue, and many other goodies. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch a glimpse of Trevor’s work for the first time. Not since Martha Cooper’s photography in the 70’s or Ricky Powell’s work in the 80’s, has a photographer in Hip Hop culture demanded such attention.
@ D-Structure SF / Friday, May 1, 2009 (Opening Reception)
520 Haight St. @ Fillmore, San Francisco, CA / 21+ / Open Bar
8pm-11pm / $Free (Mandatory RSVP @ Going.com/ishotya To Attend)