"THEY CALL IT GRAFFITI" Ernie Paniccioli "A genuine collectors item" 

"Graffiti has been defined from a Global scope to an East Coast vs. West Coast challenge. There are books dedicated solely to the female practitioners of the art or it’s presence on freight trains. And Graffiti has been identified as both an act of lowly vandalism to high art. Seldom if ever has Graffiti been shown from the exciting and unique perspective of a creative photographer who has devoted more than three and a half decades to photographing Graffiti around the world. I must confess I am in love with the art form but did not want to add just another high minded, serious, thoughtful look at Graffiti, nor did I desire to just overwhelm the reader with hundreds of bright, well lit, perfectly composed murals. Instead I wanted to take the reader on a fun, odd, eclectic, creative look at the art itself as well as the environment it which this art form springs"

Ernie Paniccioli
Little more than three decades ago an energy was beginning to form. It was found increasingly in the suburbs of the cities and in essence part of a culture that can be found even today. The energy was and still is, Hip Hop. No one has helped to launch its awareness to the world better than the legendary Hip Hop Photographer himself, Ernie Paniccioli. Before rap and hip hop videos adorned screens and airwaves all over the world, Ernie with the use of his endless drive and intuitive style of photography, was beginning to help hip hop legends like Slick Rick, Grandmaster Flash, Rock Steady Crew, Doug E. Fresh, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Public Enemy, Salt-N-Pepa, and so many more. He helped let loose the soul of hip hop and make it happen on the world.

A Native American growing up in a white man's society, Ernie broke the barrier of stereotypes… As a young man growing up in Brooklyn in areas such as Park Slope, Bedford Stuyvesant and Flatbush in the 1970's, Paniccioli picked up a camera for the first time and instantly converted his interest and abilities from painter to photographer. Inspired by his feelings of being cast as a second class citizen and perhaps through a gift from above, he started out by taking photographs of the graffiti that embodied the borough. Unaware to Paniccioli, he had stumbled upon his unforeseen destiny. No one has mastered the art of photography better than Paniccioli.

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