Contact High:


An inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers told through their most intimate diaries—their contact sheets.

Featuring rare outtakes from over 100 photoshoots alongside interviews and essays from industry legends, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop takes readers on a chronological journey from old-school to alternative hip-hop and from analog to digital photography. The ultimate companion for music and photography enthusiasts, Contact High is the definitive history of hip-hop’s early days, celebrating the artists that shaped the iconic album covers, t-shirts and posters beloved by hip-hop fans today.


With essays from Fab 5 Freddy, Young Guru, DJ Premier, RZA, Michael Gonzales, Bill Adler, Rhea Combs ( photo curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture) and more!