Uptown Beauty “In The Rhythm, Bass, And Place: Through The Lens” In Photographs

May 1, 2023

This exhibition features the photographs of New York photographers Joe Conzo Jr. and Malik Yusef Cumbo.

Their work explores the moments in which musical styles were created in New York City’s African Diasporic communities.

From portrait to photojournalism, this exhibition is a testament to a social movement, a cultural renaissance, and a communally crafted sound experience that reverberates worldwide.

CCCADI has procured images with a combined history of over 50 years of visual storytelling for New York’s music culture.


While Joe Conzo Jr.’s work captures the Afro-Latin contributions and signatures to multiple genres of music from disco to house to Hip-Hop, Malik Yusef Cumbo’s work captures the ’90s and ’00s element of New York Hip-Hop and artists from Harlem to Hollis who have left a mark on what could be called the New York City underground street culture.

By placing these photographers in the same exhibition, CCCADI seeks to inspire questions about the usefulness of a visual archive of the city’s music and cultural history.

No registration is required. There is no fee to view this exhibition, but donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.

Learn more about the show here.

CCCADI, 120 E 125th Street, East Harlem, NY 10035

Photo credit: Photo by Joe Conzo Jr. “DJ Charlie Chase Negril Night Club NYC 1981” is featured in the current exhibition.


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