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NahRight & UpNorthTrips Present: Picture Perfect with Ricky Powell

Friday, August 8th, 2014


Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Ricky Powell aka The Rickster, for those who don’t already know, is the man behind some of the most iconic images in the history of hip-hop and NYC street photography. Whether it was the Beastie Boys or Run-D.M.C. or Public Enemy, he was always up in the mix, ready to take professional photos of the early Def Jam scene on what he describes as “a hangout tip.” And he was heavy in the culture beyond that, snapping timeless shots of everyone from Basquiat to Eazy E to Big L (RIP to all), and hosting his infamous public access television show Rappin’ with The Rickster (which is now available on DVD), which gave people an opportunity to become acquainted with his extremely fun-loving personality. Point blank, dude has taken some of the illest rap flicks of all-time and is a legendary character in the game, so it was only right that we tap him for our Picture Perfect series.

Along with our brother Ev Boogie at UpNorthTrips, who we insist be recognized as the kingpin of the throwback rap photo wave that every other Instagram account seems to be riding these days, we carefully compiled ten classic pictures of different hip-hop artists Ricky Powell has taken over the years to ask him about for our latest edition of Picture Perfect. And it was an honor to listen (and laugh) as he told the stories behind them while walking the NYC streets, pausing at times to say what’s up to friends of his on the block (and his building’s new super), take a photo of a cute dog for his Instagram account, curse out a group of Sex and the City wannabees, dodge getting hit by a delivery man on a bicycle, and collect a rack from a Manhattan restaurant who recently put his work on display. This is Picture Perfect with the guy who dicked your girl—Ricky Powell.

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Video: Action Bronson & Virgil Abloh on The FRANK Show

Monday, February 10th, 2014

For the inagural episode of the FRANK Show, the good folks at FRANK151 caught up with Virgil Abloh of Been Trill/Pyrex, Mister Mort and the ATL Twins to talk about New York Fashion Week. NY OG Ricky Powell stops by to talk about the catastrophe that is the Knicks season and Action Bronson does a wax taste test. Chief Keef’s manager Peter Pan also gives a preview of the next episode.

Previously: Dwarf Tossing with Action Bronson

Video: Ricky Powell in New York (“Time Pieces” by Jason Goldwatch)

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Jason Goldwatch shoots OG photographer and NYC fixture Ricky Powell in Washington Square Park for the latest installment of his Time Pieces series over at Mass Appeal.

Previously: Futura at the Gumball 3000 (“Time Pieces” by Jason Goldwatch) | Evidence in Venice Beach (“Time Pieces” by Jason Goldwatch)

Video: Ricky (Ricky Powell Mini-Doc)

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

From director Will Robson-Scott and Spine TV comes a 10 minute mini-documentary about legendary New York City photographer and downtown personality Ricky Powell.

Now 50, Ricky’s lust for photography and music is still strong. Through his eccentricities such as his love for a transistor radio and feeding squirrels in the park, we gain an insight into his everyday life. Retrospective of New York City and how it has changed over his lifetime, he shows us around the city and contemplates what the future holds.

Previously: Ricky Powell – Rappin With The Rickster (DVD Trailer)

Video: Ricky Powell – Rappin With The Rickster (DVD Trailer)

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Legendary Hip-Hop photographer and “Fourth Beastie Boy” Ricky Powell is releasing a DVD compilation of the greatest moments from his equally legendary, early 90’s public access show Rappin With The Rickster next week.

Here’s some info about the set:

Disc 1 features “The Best of Rappin’ With The Rickster (1990 – 1994)” – a collection of Ricky’s handpicked ‘best of’ moments of the show. As expected it’s full of celebrity appearances and interviews including: The Beastie Boys, Russell Simmons, Laurence Fishburne, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze, Sandra Bernahrd, Tone Loc, Cypress Hill, Run-D.M.C., Billy Preston, Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and more !!

Also included on Disc 1, “Rickster Bouillabaisse” – a collection of snippets and antics starring Ricky Powell and a host of legendary figures and moments from the cable access show baring his name. Some of the highlights include: Eazy E, Beastie Boys, Beck, Q-Tip, SEEN, ZEPHYR, Bobbito Garcia, Everlast and more!

Disc 2 also features an updated version of Ricky’s cable access show. The unique “Rappin’ With The Rickster 2010” – a look at what Ricky has up his sleeve in 2010 and beyond. Celebrity guests include Dante Ross, DJ Eclipse, and Stay High 149.

It’s dope that this material will not be lost to history, so this will be a must cop for me. Although the official release date is July 27th, the set is availabe for order now over at UGHH.com. They also have parts 1 & 2 of their interview with Ricky up for your perusal.

Bonus: another interview Ricky recently did with Conspiracy Worldwide Radio.

And finally hit the jump to check out the DVD cover.

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