iconic music photographer
"Seriously, I guess I was born to make album covers."
- George DuBose
What sets DuBose apart is Timing.
He captured icons in their infancy. DuBose was there, on the front lines, photographing artists who would influence decades of sound and style. His photographs evidence not only the beginning’s of such quintessential bands, but also the photographer who was there, unknowingly making legends of them both.
He’s been called "The Godfather of Hip-Hop Photography." DuBose was there when rap broke. Before it was called “Hip-Hop.” He was behind the camera for Biggie’s first professional photo shoot. While working with Cold Chillin’ Records, he immortalized Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Kool G Rap and Roxanne Shante. And the list just grew, including the likes of Run DMC and Mobb Deep.
An interesting musical niche to fall into, considering he began as a rock photographer. DuBose shot the photo that would later become the cover for the B-52’s 1979 self-titled debut album. He captured Madonna during her first gig, created the cover art for the last nine Ramones albums and would go on to work with Tom Waits, REM, The Go-Go’s, Melissa Etheridge and Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
Now, House of Roulx is contributing in our own way by sharing DuBose’s works with both existing fans and an entirely new generation, so that they will also come to know the man who captured and help break the people who made music what it is today.