14. Mel D. Cole

Location: New York, NY

Mel D. Cole picked up a camera for the first time eight years ago, and we're so glad he did. Known as the “house photographer” for The Roots, he's also the favorite contemporary photographer of ?uestlove. He shoots with a sense of humor, exclusively in black and white, documenting hip-hop from the inside out. For a guy that taught himself, Mel D. Cole continues to kill the photography game.