Janette Beckman: Archive of Attitude


Archive of Attitude is the current exhibition from photographer Janette Beckman at LA gallery Project Space.


On until September 5, the show spans Beckman’s work from the late 70s to the current day and incorporates personal artefacts relating to the areas she has worked in, such as hip-hop and punk.

“The Hip Hop exhibit has my Def Jam jacket (with my name embroidered on the front, circa 1987), The Face 1984 with my Run DMC & Posse photo, a Salt ‘n’ Pepa CD cover I shot around ’87, a Run DMC single with my photo, Adidas sneakers and sweats and my Kangol hat.”

Here are a few of THE LOOK’s favourites from Beckman’s archive:


//Boy, 153 King's Road, London, 1980.//

Christos & Chris

//Chris Sullivan + Christos Tolera, Blue Rondo a la Turk, London, 1982.//

SKA GIRLS Coventry 1980

//Ska girls, Coventry, 1980.//

johnson's 1

//Inside: Phil, stockroom, Robot, King's Road, London, 1980.//

johnson's 5

//Outside: Johnsons, 406 King's Road, London, 1981.//

“The bands and the fans, I loved the music and the styles,” says Beckman, who recently completed a shoot for Schott in Japan in the style of her punk portraits.

These feature a variety of NYC characters shot on location around the city: DJs, dancers, actors, skateboarders, BMX riders, artists and musicians.


//Chad (actor) NYC 2010.//


//Ralphy (BMX) NYC 2010.//

band us royalty

//US Royalty (band) NYC 2010.//

Dister dancer

//Dister (dancer) NYC 2010.//


//Brian (artist) NYC 2010.//

Go see:
Archive of Attitude
Project Space
603 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90036
Telephone +1 323 938 8818


Mondo said,

August 17, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

Love the pic of the boot boys outside BOY. The two on the right look exactly like the pair that hassled me on my first visit to the shop in the summer of ’80. They lurked outside and asked for £1, threatening to check my pockets after I’d claimed skintness..

I bought the Anarchist Gang shirt and a Vive t-shirt pictured in the window..pic below if you fancy a peep..


Rollergirl said,

August 18, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

These are just The Best. Love the BOY pic too. Go Janette!

tips said,

January 4, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

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antoine said,

January 5, 2012 @ 2:08 am

re //Inside: Stockroom, Johnsons, 406 King’s Road, London, 1981.//
That is Phil inside the second Robot ( after Beaufort Market closed ) store before they moved to the bigger one on the corner. I started there and then moved down the rd to work for Lloyd and Peter.
Great times !!!!

rockpopfashion said,

January 5, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

Thanks Antoine – will amend accordingly. PG.

sue said,

January 20, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

I am looking for a similar pattern for the rock star jacket dragons on the sleeves is there a pic of these sleeves somewhere?

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