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Def Jam Recording: “Through The Lens”

Def Jam Recordings premiered their new three-episode docuseries, Through The Lens, on June 19th.

The series is an ode to the impact of iconic photography [by] Def Jam and its biggest stars. Through the Lens will focus on three eras that span across the label’s 35-year history featuring photographers Janette Beckman, Ricky Powell, and Jonathan Mannion.

Episode one premiered on June 19th with Jannette Beckman who currently resides in New York where she began her career during the [punk rock] era. She worked for magazines such as The Face and Melody Makers. She was one of the first photographers to shoot LL Cool and Slick Rick.

Episode two will premiere on June 26th with Ricky Powell and episode three will follow on July 19th with Jonathan Mannion. Mannion is known for shooting over 300 album covers and worked with hip-hop artists such as Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, and Method Man.

Through the Lens also features interviews with Def Jam artist, LL Cool J, music journalist, Bill Adler, and style guru, Cey Adams. Adler and Adams collaborated on a 300-page book titled Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label.

The Through the Lens docuseries is in conjunction with the 35th-anniversary celebration of Def Jam Recordings and the 30th Anniversary of Public Enemy’s album, Fear of a Black Planet. It can be streamed on Def Jam’s YouTube channel.

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