Feb 03, 2012 12:00AM

Michael Miller's West Coast Hip Hop Book Launch

This weekend at Known Gallery in LA.

Michael Miller is responsible for some of the most iconic hip hop images of all time. Although the LA native grew up in the surf, punk and skate scenes, he was listening to RUN DMC, Doug E. Fresh Slick Rick. After a stint in Europe (where he shot major campaigns for labels like Cacherel), the photographer returned to LA in '88, where, along with shooting three advertisements for Vogue, he shot his first rapper, Arabian Prince.

When a little known group called Cypress Hill approached him to shoot the cover art for one of their demos, it was the start of something big. Miller captured the scene as it exploded from the inside, shooting everyone from 2pac and the Thug Life crew, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Warren G, N.W.A and House of Pain.

This weekend, Known Gallery in LA will launch Miller's first book, West Coast Hip Hop: A History in Pictures featuring his most famous images. To coincide with the book launch, 43 of Miller's photographs will be exhibited, a majority of which have never before been shown to the public. West Coast Hip Hop will be available from mid-February, and can be per-ordered at the show or online. Details of the show are below:

Words: Susannah Maylon

Images courtesy of Michael Miller