B+ (AKA Brian Cross)
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Image Size: 11 x 14
The Story Behind the Shot: n the mid to late nineties I spent alot of time in Cuba shooting for a fledgling label that was attempting to bridge the cultural embargo and break timba music in the US. On this particular trip while strolling one day through Havana Vieja I came across a bunch of men playing Buto drums. It was very loud and boisterous and Cuban but clearly the drums were from somewhere else, these young men on their way from school were enjoying the rhythm and I just turned and snapped, theres only one frame but the energy is right.
Artist bio: B+ (aka Brian Cross) was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland. He attended the National College of Art and Design in Dublin graduating in 1989 with a degree in painting. In 1990 he came to Los Angeles to study photography at the California Institute of the Arts. While at Cal Arts he began work on a project entitled, Its Not about a Salary: Rap Race and Resistance in Los Angeles, which was subsequently published by Verso Books in 1993. He has directed several music videos for DJ Shadow and ones for Nitro Microphone Underground (from Japan) and Control Machete (from Mexico). His latest venture puts old school drummers together with new school DJs and is entitled Keepintime: Talking Drums and Whispering Vinyl. The DVD of the project was released by Mochilla which is Cross’s production company with partner Eric Coleman and was a big success – subsequently the Sundance Channel bought the TV rights to the film and Ninja Tune released it in Europe and Australia. The sequel Brasilintime: Batucada com Discos has just recently been finished and has premiered in Sao Paulo Brasil and is currently doing the film festival circuit. B+ still lives in LA, answers his own phone, photo edits for Wax Poetics Magazine, still digs like crazy and DJs from time to time and is currently working on a book of photographs.