A few weeks ago MackeyBlue hosted an art opening featuring Carl Posey
and his fine art photography show: Vintage & Vintage. Ten of Carl’s photos from his work print portfolio will be on display through mid October. Carl has been shooting photography for many years and has made a huge mark most notably in the history of hip-hop photography.
In 1995 you may remember his Hot 97 Music Radio subway billboard campaign with iconic portraits of artists like L.L. Cool J., Mary J. Blige, The Fugees, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes to name a few. Carl also featured portraits of DMX, Naughty By Nature, India Arie, D’Angelo, Heavy D and Public Enemy in magazines such as Vibe, Essence, Paper, Spin, The Source and Urb.
One campaign Carl is especially fond was done for the United Negro College Fund in 2001. It shows a variety of situations of despair and homelessness along with aspiration and hope. This campaign received an image aware for non-profit advertising in England.
Carl’s most prestigious showing was with Biggie Small’s (later known as the Notorious B.I.G.) iconic portrait of ‘The Black Male’ at the Whitney Museum of Art.
Carl Posey is an all-around photographer who has the kind of sensibility and heart to put any subject, in the suitable light, without neglecting the subjects own character and charm. Carl’s own charm, energy and excitement always work to bring out the best in his subjects. He urges that environment and location are very important to him to graphically challenge the image and help create the mood, resulting in the timeless quality of Carl Posey’s photography