David Corio was born in London in 1960, he began his career as a freelance photographer for the NME in the late 1970s and also worked for The Face and Time Out before moving to New York in 1992 (cheers google).
David has published a book of photographs of black musicians in 1999 ‘The Black Chord’ and in 2011 the ‘Catch the Beat: The Roots of Punk & Hip-Hop’ exhibition in the Morrison Hotel Gallery, New York detailed his and fellow British photographer Janette Beckman’s work in capturing the early days of both punk and hip hop.
I stumbled across his photographs of musicians accidentally whilst searching for something else but was particularly struck by the black and white shots of fresh faced hip-hop artists in the 1980s many on early tours to Great Britain. Here’s a few below.
Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith, in his Fresh Prince guise, at the Holiday Inn – Swiss Cottage, where he still chooses to stay on visits to London (1986).
Public Enemy, Hyde Park (1987).
Schooly D, Harrow Road (1985).
Biz Markie, London street (1988).
Eric B and Rakim, London (1987).
By Callum West