On the heels of Houston Rap (Sinecure Books), Peter Beste’s second major book of photography (his debut, True Norwegian Black Metal was published by Vice Books in 2008) HVW8 Gallery is proud to present a rare gallery show of the photos that inspired his immersion into the everyday life of the Houston Hip Hop community. Beste spent nine years documenting the Houston, Texas neighborhoods of Fifth Ward, Third Ward, and South Park, which have grown to be hallowed ground for modern hip hop culture, possessing self-contained celebrities, entrepreneurs, support networks, and a micro-economy of their own. Houston Rap profiles noted artists such as Bun B of UGK, Z-Ro, Big Mike, K-Rino, Willie D of the Geto Boys, Lil’ Troy, and Paul Wall, alongside departed legends such as DJ Screw, Pimp C, and Big Hawk.
The work also features community leaders, rappers, producers, businessmen, and family members, all providing an astonishing and important insight into a great American cultural narrative.“We take you from the projects to the studio to the strip club and back, all along with an on-going oral history narrative from the people of the culture.” “We see it as an immersion,” says Peter Beste. “The idea was always to provide an insight into the community of the arguably most powerful Hip Hop scene in the world today.” Peter has exhibited his photography in the US, UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Spain, Colombia, Denmark, Japan, France, Canada, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Italy. He has been featured in publications such as Visionaire, British Journal of Photography, Dazed & Confused, Vice, XXL, Vibe, Modern Painters, and Houston Chronicle.
HVW8 Gallery and Myspace
In association with Sinecure Books present:
Photographs by Peter Beste
“This book defines Houston Hip Hop!” – Bun B, UGK
HVW8 Art + Design Gallery
661 N. Spaulding Ave, Los Angeles CA 90036
Date : Friday, January 24th 2014
Time : 7-10pm
Event photography by Mike Selsky.