COMMUNITY

an ecosystem of teamwork

Before the digital era, T. Eric Monroe's craft coincided with a explosion of the NYC music scene. These moments capture the energy and soul of cultural legends, and unified the Hip Hop Community in artistry and style.

This project goes beyond any one individual, and the journey of unveiling these images has evolved into a collaboration of many. This page honors the community and contributors involved in manifesting an initiative to promote and preserve the iconic culture and community of 90's Hip Hop.

EVENTS

#HipHopHurricaneRelief

T. Eric Monroe is opening his historic vault of 90’s Hip Hop to help the Recovery Efforts of Families in need, in New York & Puerto Rico.

T. Eric Monroe’s work peers into a personal space, reserved for close friends and trusted loved ones. When tragedy affects our communities, we lean on our neighbors and friends to heal and to rebuild. To support the victims of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and Puerto Rico, Monroe has put together a collection of 5 Hip Hop Moments that express #HumanityinHip Hop.

 A portion of all proceeds from the #HipHopHurricaneRelief Collection will be channeled towards direct relief efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Florence. 

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#LOVEISPOWER
Tupac, 1994

Harlem, NYC
T. Eric Monroe’s work peers into a personal space, reserved for close friends and trusted loved ones. These iconic moments capture the essence of an artists’ existence, at times rarely experienced or shared.

Monroe has put together a collection of archival Hip Hop Moments that express #HumanityinHipHop to support Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts in affect areas.  

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#HOME
Big Pun & Son, 1996

Bronx, NY
We cherish our memories and families in the sanctuary of our homes. When a hurricane devastates a region, people are displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones. If you have been fortunate enough to experience excess in your resources, please consider extending some compassion and support to the human beings dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

The hip hop community supports humanity. Proceeds from the #HipHopHurricaneRelief collection will be sent to relief organizations along the Atlantic Coast and Puerto Rico.

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SPECIAL EVENT : OCT 6-13 
NEWARK ARTS FESTIVAL

TEM X NWK AT CWOW | LINCOLN PARK / HALSEY ST. SOUTH
Photography of T. Eric Monroe, curated by Malik Whitaker

Join us for this exciting pop-up gallery and retail space. Explore the iconic imagery of 90's Hip Hop Culture in this limited release of iconic archival prints and signature merchandise by T. Eric Monroe.

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THE MOMENT:
NAS, TALL AND STRONG

I did not know Nas directly, nor know enough about him to conjure what he typically looked like in photograph. I didn't have a pre-conceived subject. I wanted to capture him as he was, in the moment. Nas has a strong, quiet presence. Watching and observing from non-traditional angles allowed me to see different perspectives, different ways to allow him to tell a story without saying a word. I never directed his movements or actions. I just watched, observed, and captured.

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THE MOMENT:
MECCA & GURU

As enchanted as I was, I didn't stay for the recording of the song. I must have had somewhere to be. Before I left the studio, I was in the lounge, preparing to leave. Ladybug Mecca and Guru were seated on the couch across from me — not songwriting — just vibing, having a good moment.

I quietly took out my camera, waited a moment. Mecca looked into Guru. Guru looked into me.

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COMMERCE WITH A CAUSE

In an era before digital media and social content virality, photographer T. Eric Monroe pursued his craft to capture rare & unseen moments of 90's icons. Archiving and preserving these NYC artists is essential to honoring the soul of hip hop culture, and we believe that giving back to the community is essential to inspiring future generations of artists and influencers.

Proceeds from sales will be divided between media expenses, the families of the artists, donated to NYC Hip Hop Museum, and/or donated to the Relief Efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

We are making every effort to reach out to each family/estate. If you know someone with in the estate or family that you can put us in touch with, please email info@tdoteric.com

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SPOTLIGHT

JULIE GRAHAME 

Curator



JULIE GRAHAME was born in London, England, but moved to New York last century at a tender age to manage an international photo agency. Since then, she has licensed thousands of images, reviewed hundreds of portfolios, judged dozens of competitions and published a handful of websites, including her pride and joy, full screen magazine and blog aCurator. Grahame is also a photographer consultant, and represents the estate of Yousuf Karsh. 


YOUNG ERIC

Photographer

This Section is under construction.
There are many people to shout-out! 

IN THE MEANTIME, shout-out to Young Eric who captured these moments for the love of hip hop culture and the pursuit of his craft 

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