Photographs: Yoshi Omori | Book: Mouvement 1984-92
Yoshi Omori is no longer interested in hip-hop. Between the years 1986 and 1989, the Japanese photographer spent his years capturing the birth and rise of France’s hip-hop scene, blending with the crowds in nightclubs like Le Globo and Le Bataclan. It was a golden age for the genre in Paris, with all its rappers, breakdancers, graffiters. But as years went by, Omori stepped aside from the scene. He says it just got to politicised and violent and that’s something unappealing to his guts.
Two decades later, the photographer teamed up with journalist Marc Boudet and artist Jayone to compile Mouvement 1984-92, aphotobook evoking the years of expansion in French hip-hop through its parties, artists and crowds.