When Bronx-born artist Lisa Leone developed an interest in photography during the '80s and '90s, she explored that interest by photographing the up-and-coming rappers in her neighborhood. Little did she (or maybe anyone) know, these photos captured some of the most iconic moments in hip-hop. From Grandmaster Flash at a RockSteady reunion to Snoop Dogg filming his first music video to Nas making the first studio recordings for what would become Illmatic, her images capture the birth of a music movement.

Publishing platform Minor Matters has recently released a photobook of her classic images entitled Here I Am, and an exhibition of the same name will be on display at the Bronx Museum of the Arts from Sept. 13, 2014 to Jan. 11, 2015.

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[via Juxtapoz]