Thursday, November 4, 7pm

Michael Schmelling's 'Atlanta'

Book Launch/Artist Presentation: Thursday, November 4, 7pm

Between 2007 and 2009, Michael Schmelling gained unprecedented access to the underground hip-hop scenes (Gucci Mane, Shawty Lo, The-Dream) bubbling beneath Atlanta's surface, and the lives of the young musicians and fans at its core. In a stunning series of black and white photos, Schmelling captures the heretofore-undocumented teen party scene - alcohol-free parties catering to the underage crowd, typically thrown by promoters in skating rinks and parks after dark.

"There were a thousand YouTube videos of kids dancing in their living rooms, beats and songs were being made on PCs and uploaded to SoundClick or SpitYoGame. Something new was happening. And something new kept happening."

Sanneh puts things into historical perspective, describing how Atlanta replaced New York City as the hip-hop capital "by default - the place where you could hear the next hit first, the place where kids and grown folks alike still seemed excited about hip-hop, the place where you could get the best mixtapes" and taking readers inside its many subgenres."

Schmelling will conduct an artist slide show and discussion, and present a short video.

Michael Schmelling's last book, The Plan (J&L Books) documented hoarders' apartments around New York. The Week of No Computer was published by TV Books and Schmelling's work is featured on

Family - 436 N Fairfax Ave 90036

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