The Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery in New York City
will present an exhibition of graffiti flicks by famed Hip-Hop photographer
"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 AllHipHop.com 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.