NAME: Ernie Paniccioli  
NATION: Cree  
DISCIPLINE: Photographer  


Author of Who Shot Ya? - Three Decades of Hip Hop Photography (Harper Collins 2002 - ISBN 0-06-621168-9). Regarded by most to be the premier 'Hip-Hop photographer in America', Paniccioli first made his foray into the culture in 1973 when he began capturing the ever-present graffiti art dominating New York City. Armed with a 35-millimeter camera, Paniccioli has recorded the entire evolution of Hip Hop. Much in the same way Gordon Parks recorded the Civil Rights Movement, or akin to the manner in which James Van Der Zee, the documentary photographer of Harlem in the 1920s, met the energy and spirit of the times head-on with his picture-making. And like Edward S. Curtis’ monumental prints of the Native peoples of North America, himself a Native American, has found a beauty and resiliency in a community often ignored by mainstream society

From Grandmaster Flash at the Roxy (a popular Manhattan nightclub of the late 70’s and early 1980s), to the athletic moves of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, to the fresh faces of Queen Latifah, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, and Lauren Hill. Paniccioli has been in the forefront documenting the greatest cultural movement since Rock and Roll in the 1950s. A true renaissance man, Paniccioli is also a painter, public speaker, and historian. He has also photographed a number of popular figures beyond Hip Hop, such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, and John F. Kennedy, Jr.; Britney Spears; and Ricky Martin, to name a few.


Interview with Davey D

Interview with DJ Disco Wiz


Four Decades of Artwork (2008)
4 Decades of Color Artwork (2008)
Rap Pop and Soul Headshots (2008)
Rap Pop and Soul Headshots Vol. 2 (2008)
Deeper (2008)
Punk Life (2008)
The Truth (2008)
They Call It Graffiti (2008)

8 self-published books by the artist, these collector's items available only at

Ayazi-Hashjin, Sherry. Rap and Hip Hop: The Voice of a Generation, New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 1 999. Cover photo, pages 2, 6, 8, 17, 19, 32-34, 38-39, 45-46, 54-57.
Beattie, Nichole, ed., HipHop Immortals (volume 1), New York: Immortal Brands, 2002. No page numbers, three images used.
Bond,Julian and Wilson, Sondra Kathryn, eds. Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Celebration of the Negro National Anthem, WO Years, 100 Voices, New York: Random House, 2000. Pages 199, 201, 211, 214, 218, 219, 226, 231, 242.
Chuck D with Yusufjah. Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality, New York: Delacorte Press/Bantam Double Day Dell Publishing Group, 1997. Pictures 7 and 8.
DjeDjeJacque Cogdell, ed. Turn Up the Volume: A Celebration of African Music, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1999. Page 212.
The Editors of Vibe. TupacShakur, New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. 1997. Pages 30 and 84 (bottom left).
Eure, Joseph D. and Spady, James G., eds. Nation Conscious Rap, New York: PC International Press, 1991. Pages xiv, xxxiv, 20, 34, 55, 146, 149, 150, 164, 226, 310, 324.
George, Nelson, ed., Stop the Violence: Overcoming Self-Destruction, New York: Pantheon Books, 1990. Pages 9, 10, 20, 28, 31, 33, 52, 53, 55, 56, 61, 68, 72.
Nelson, Havelock and Gonzales, Michael. Bring the Noise: A Guide to Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture, New York: Hamony Books, 1991. Pages 19, 89, 105, 123, 179,183, 186, 193, 196, 205, 219.
Perkins, William Eric, ed., Droppin' Science: Critical Essays on Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996. Pages 107-112.
Small, Michael. Break It Down: The Inside Story from the New Leaders of Rap, New York: Citadel Press, 1992. Pages 84, 182, 183.

Magazines and Newspapers

California History, Spring 2000, page 71.
The Daily News, July 26, 1998, page 18.
Elementary, Spring 1997, pages 53, 54.
Entertainment Weekly, Feb. 2000, pages 16, 19.
The Final Call, July 1 3, 1 992, cover photo.
Honey, Sept. 1999, pages 64, 66, 67, 68.
Mass Appeal, Summer 2001, cover photo; pages 66, 67, 68, 69, 71.
Murder Dog, vol. 5, no. 4 (June 1998), cover photo; pages 82-84.
New York, Mar. 26, 2001, page 127.
The New York Times, July 20, 1997, page 28.
Newsweek, Feb. 28, 2000, page 67.
One World, Aug. 2001, page 34.
Playboy, Jan. 1995, page 162.
Rap Masters, Apr. 1989, pages 16, 49, 51, 52, 55, 62.
Rappages, June 1993, cover photo.
RollingStone, Dec. 13-27, 1990, page 81. RollingStone, Dec. 28, 2000-Jan. 4, 2001, page 81. Serious Hip Hop, Feb./Mar. 1990, cover photo. Serious Hip Hop, Dec. 1991, cover photo.
Seventeen, Mar. 1990, page 54. Spice, June 1990, cover photo.
The Source, Oct. 1991, page 31.
The Source, Jan. 1998, pages 206, 207.
The Source, Nov. 1999, pages 154-158.
Time, Dec. 4, 2000, page 186.
Trace, April 1998, pages 31, 48, 49.
Vibe, Sept. 2000, page 32.
Vibe, May 2002, page 168.
The Village Voice, May 1, 1990, page 91.
XXI, July 2000, page 42.
Vibe, November 2003, pages 118-21.

Television and Video / DVDs

"The Other Side of Hip Hop-The Sixth Element" A documentary on Ernie Paniccioli's work, art, life, photography and struggles as well as a brief history of Hip Hop Culture featuring Chuck D, Afrika Bambaataa, MC Lyte, LinQue and many more. October 2007.
VH1's Behind the Music:
"The Notorious B.I.G."; broadcast July 2001, 6 images used.
"Salt-N-Pepa"; broadcast June 2001; 6 images used.
"Ice-T"; broadcast September 2000; 5 images used.
"Public Enemy"; broadcast July 2000; 12 images used.
"Queen Latifah"; broadcast June 2000; 10 images used.
MTV's Biorhythm: "Tupac Shakur"; broadcast May 2001; 1 image used.
RapEntertainment.Corn's Through the Years of Hip Hop, vol. 1; distributed in 2002; approx. 10 images used.
MTV's Direct Effect features the NYC Urban Experience's gallery show of Ernie's photographs, "100 Shots to the Dome," broadcast November 2002.
12-Inch Singles and Albums
Apocalypse '97 ... The Enemy Strikes Black (album), Public Enemy; 1991, Def Jam/Columbia.
"Avenues" (single), Refugee Camp All-Stars, featuring Pras with Ky Mani; 1997, Arista Records.
"Bronx Nigga" (single), Tim Dog; 1992, Ruffhouse/Columbia.
"The Final Solution: Slavery's Back In Effect" (single), Sister Souljah; 1991, Epic Records.
"Let's Go Through the Motions" (single), Jodeci; 1993, Uptown/MCA.
The Mic Stalker (album), Doctor Ice; 1989, jive/RCA.
Mo Love's Basement Tapes (album), Ultramagnetic MCs; 1992. Tuff City Records.
"Rabbit Stew" (single), Raw Breed; 1993, NuffNuff Music/Continuum Records.
"Rugged Neva Smoove" (single), M.O.P.; 1994, Select Street Records.
"Take It Easy" (single), Mad Lion; 1994, Weeded Records.
Terminator X and the Valley of the Jeep Beets (album), Terminator X; 1991, P.R.O. Division/RAL/Columbia.


"The Other Side of Hip Hop-The Sixth Element" won Best Documentary in the Big Apple Film Festival Nov 2007


"The Other Side of Hip Hop-The Sixth Element" Screened at Big Apple Film Festival 2007
Keynote speaker for The Temple of Hip Hop at The United nations in 2001.
In 2002 event with Afrika Bambaataa at The New Jersey Performing Art Center called "A Conversation With the Elders."
Ernie Paniccioli has lectured in over 100 venues, colleges and events including a one hour forum on C-Span 2 called "Race and Hip Hop."


"Hip Hop: A History in Photographs," Minor Injury, New York City. Sept. 1992-Jan. 1993. 12 images shown.
"Roots, Rhymes, and Rage: The Hip Hop Story," The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio. Nov. 1999-Aug. 2000. Approximately 25 images shown.
"Hip Hop Nation: Roots, Rhymes, and Rage," Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York. Sept. 2000-Dec. 2000. Approximately 40 images shown.
"When Angels Speak of Love," Prosper Gallery, New York City. April-May 2002. Approximately 30 images
"100 Shots to the Dome," New York City Urban Experience Cultural Center and Art Gallery. October-November 2002. Approximately 100 images shown.
"Who Shot Ya?," VH1 Corporate Headquarters Gallery, New York City. February-May 2003. 50 images shown. "Who Shot Ya?," The Apex Museum, Atlanta, Georgia. May-June 2003. 50 images shown. "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning," Leica Gallery, New York City. May-June 2003. 2 images shown. "Who Shot Ya?," Punch Gallery, San Francisco, California. November-December 2003. 40 images shown.