Format: Hardcover Book
136 pages of photos
Acclaimed rock photographer Charles Peterson is back with a new subject- the world of contemporary breakdancing.
BBoying, as it's referred to by its adepts, centers around the cypher (circle) created when bboys and bgirls gather to practice or to battle.
Bigger and badder than ever, breakdancing has grown since it beginnings in the 1970s to become a global youth phenomenon today.
Yet it remains a highly individualized practice- all one needs to get down are some beats and a smooth floor (and, of course, scads of strength, style, and brio).
With Cypher, Peterson takes a fresh look at this phenomenon with his own brand of fine art documentation: part Larry Fink, part Barbara Morgan, with a heaping dose of the spirit that defined his previous work Touch Me Im Sick.
He focuses not only on some of the most radical performances by todays most talented breakers, but also on the fans, the sidelines, and the camaraderie of the crews in order to put you inside the world of the bboy.
Capturing these photos with both the buzz and excitement found in the moment, as well as with an added twist of unexpected elegance, Cypher was shot over a period of six years, primarily in Petersons hometown of Seattle, as well as at major events over the last few years in Los Angeles, New York City and Portland.
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