In Memoriam: Ricky Powell, 1961-2021

powerHouse had the pleasure of publishing his book Public Access: Ricky Powell Photographs 1985-2005, 2005.

Ricky Powell was an American photographer and native New Yorker who documented popular culture including hip hop, punk rock, graffiti, and pop art. His photographs have been featured in The New York Times, the New York Post, the Daily News, The Village Voice, TIME, Newsweek, VIBE, The Source, Rolling Stone, among other publications. His photographs included candid portraits of artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Madonna, in addition to many other popular culture artists and other common people. His photographs were included in the books The Rap Photography of Ricky Powell! (1998), The Rickford Files: Classic New York Photographs (2000), Frozade Moments: Classic Street Photography of Ricky Powell (2004), and Public Access: Ricky Powell Photographs (2005) and were exhibited both domestically and internationally.

Ricky Powell, 59, Dies; Chronicled Early Hip-Hop and Downtown New York