Iconic hip-hop photographer Danny Hastings will be exhibiting a collection of his photographs and album covers at the Mayfair Hotel (1256 W 7th St) in Los Angeles, CA located inside their Regime Contemporary Art Gallery. Curated by Jason Freed from Substance Art Collective and Regime Contemporary, the gallery will open on October 3rd and be home to the collection through October 21st. The crown jewel of The Golden-Era exhibit will be the unveiling of a sculpted version of the NAS "I Am..." album cover to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the album's release. The sculpture was done by Dave Cortes is based on the original album cover concept art and then re-created in 16-inch size in 24 Carat Gold. The piece will be unveiled for the first time at the grand opening of The Golden-Era exhibit, along with signed limited-edition prints.
Danny Hastings is the legendary New York City Photographer behind several classic Hip Hop album covers. Hastings’ love for photography started in the early ’90s and lead him to shoot over 150 album covers and direct more than 50 music videos. He has been listed in Complex Magazine as one of the 15 rap photographers every rap fan should know. His most notable work includes "Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers", Big Pun’s "Capital Punishment", NAS’ "I Am...", and Eminem’s "Slim Shady" special edition cover just to name a few. Hastings was part of the last wave of traditional analog photographers. He developed all his film and printed all his negatives. His work in the 90s was embraced by every signed Hip Hop artist dropping music at the time. Today Hastings has over 40,000 negatives and is ready to open a treasure chest that would be replete with never before seen images and commentaries behind Hip-Hop's most prominent records.