Ernie Paniccioli To Exhibit Rare Graffiti Pieces In New York

The Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery in New York City

will present an exhibition of graffiti flicks by famed Hip-Hop photographer

Ernie Paniccioli.

"Urban Blight -- The Graffiti Photography

of Ernie Paniccioli" will showcase 30 photographs of graffiti pieces shot

over a span of 30 years.

Paniccioli shot the pictures in various locations,

ranging from New York's five boroughs, the American South and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

"I've always been moved by the rawness and

the power of graffiti, which is why I never stopped shooting it,"

Paniccioli told via statement. "Looking over these photos

in preparation for the show, I was newly astonished by how vivid they are."

The majority of the photographs being exhibited

have never been seen and most of the original pieces have long since been destroyed.

In addition to the graffiti pieces, the show

will include over a dozen photos documenting the 80's Hip-Hop craze for graffiti

covered blue jean jackets.

"Urban Blight" opens to the public on Friday

May 21 and runs through Thursday, July 1 at the Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery,

located at 516 W. 25th Street, Suite 306 in New York City.

Paniccioli's book, "Who Shot Ya: Three Decades

of Hip-Hop Photography" is in stores now and is available in both hard

cover and paper back versions.