Zek, Casper and Chloe are 3 music photographers who are trying to change the world, one photo at a time.

Written by Karan Teli

With Hip-Hop musicians being some of the most culturally impactful people in the world right now, nearly every step they take is documented. A brand can become popular just because it has been seen on A$AP Rocky or Travis Scott and posted on their Instagram pages. In the social media era, pictures are more important now than ever. The people behind the lens are under a ton of pressure to capture the perfect shot. London has had legendary music photographers throughout time and the new generation of photographers are looking to carry the torch and become even bigger and better.

Zekaria Al-Bostani (@zek.snaps)

Whether it’s artwork for Not3s or a magazine cover, Zek’s work is plastered all over the U.K. “I just wanted to see what the photography world had to offer.” Coming from East London, growing up listening to Grime and Hip-Hop, Zek wanted to “capture events, meet new upcoming artists and keep growing to the point where I can work with the superstars I listen too.” Zek started off his music photography career with Grime, attending open mics and boiler room sets, which seem a lifetime ago now that he has shot at festivals and on tour with so many artists. His work can be best described as versatile. It can range from intimate one on one moments with artists such as Skepta, J Hus, Nav and Fredo to capturing legendary moments. “My favourite moment is Smoke Dawg’s headline show in 2017, when Drake came out as a special guest. Just seeing Drake’s energy and presence, the whole place erupted. Skepta, K Koke, Giggs, Chip, Section Boyz all came out that night too. It was history in the making.” (This interview was conducted before the passing of Smoke Dawg. Zek personally reached out and asked that his condolences to Smoke Dawg be included in the article, as he believes this particular moment was a huge step for his career and is ever thankful. RIP Smoke Dawg). Zek has his eyes set on even bigger things. Coachella and Made in America are two festivals on Zek’s wish list. When discussing why these two in particular, Zek told me, “The line ups, the adrenaline of the crowd and the variety of different artists. Beyoncé at Coachella amazed me. To think one day to capture a moment like that and define greatness in music culture.” Being around the stars hasn’t changed Zek, as the Hip-Hop fan in him dreams of one day shooting for three artists that he grew up listening too; Eminem, 50 Cent and Jay-Z.

Chloe Newman (@clonewman)

Initially inspired by the “bling era” and 90’s music videos by the likes of Hype Williams and David LaChapelle, Chloe Newman’s style of photography is best described as bright and flamboyant. Colours, bright lights and powerful backgrounds are always included in Chloe’s concert photos, but they don’t distract you from the fact that the artist is the clear centre of attention. She uses the artist’s energy and the overall vibe of the show to capture the perfect shot. An example of this is in action is when she shot Travis Scott at O2 Academy Brixton in 2017, stating “there was so much smoke, I couldn’t see anyone. All of a sudden, he burst out in front of me and kicked over a mic stand. I felt like I was the only person there in that moment.” One of her all-time favourite moments is shooting Jorja Smith at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. “I think it was her second ever gig. I love looking back at those images and seeing her confidence grow visually in the shows I’ve shot her since.” Much like the best creatives, Chloe refuses to box herself in one lane. When describing her dream shoots, which include female icons Rihanna and Lauryn Hill, she told me “I like the production and set design Nike put into their events, so I’d love to shoot for them.” Speak it into existence.

Casper Masi (@caspermasi)

When you love music, but don’t have the confidence to make and create your own music, what would you do? For Casper, the answer was easy; “I decided to document music for fun.” Casper’s personal and vintage style of photography, mostly captured on a pocket-sized film camera, has led him to being around some of the most important and influential people with music and fashion, such as Virgil Abloh, A$AP Rocky, Jorja Smith and Skepta. But when asked about his favourite moment so far, without hesitation, he replied “dancing and shooting with Travis Scott in Paris. He’s one of my favourite artists.” Casper’s music photography career has taken him on tour with Rejjie Snow and Ebenezer, but that’s just the beginning for him. “I want to shoot a Frank Ocean and Stevie Wonder concert. Those are the dream shoots. Oh and XXXTentaction.” Casper answered this question before the unfortunate passing of XXXTentaction, but Casper kept his word. At Rolling Loud 2018, Casper shot two legendary photos of the late rapper. RIP X. 

Reflecting on Yung Lean – A stranger of the new school

Reflecting on Yung Lean – A stranger of the new school

What’s Me? And What’s The Medication?

What’s Me? And What’s The Medication?

Samm Henshaw: Scala – Concert Review

Samm Henshaw: Scala – Concert Review

We Miss UK Funky

We Miss UK Funky

My Favourite Black People

My Favourite Black People

5 Games That Will Never See The Light of Day

5 Games That Will Never See The Light of Day

ICONS

ICONS

Kojo Funds – Golden Boy Review

Kojo Funds – Golden Boy Review

Black History Month: Remembering 5 Historic Black Inventors

Black History Month: Remembering 5 Historic Black Inventors

An Interview With Toffem

An Interview With Toffem

The Most Important Rhythm In Pop Music Today

The Most Important Rhythm In Pop Music Today

FIFA 19 Review

FIFA 19 Review

Tory Lanez: O2 Academy Brixton – Concert Review

Tory Lanez: O2 Academy Brixton – Concert Review

We’re In Another Golden Generation of Rap

We’re In Another Golden Generation of Rap

An Interview with Phaze-What

An Interview with Phaze-What

Ammi Boyz: O2 Academy Islington – Concert Review

Ammi Boyz: O2 Academy Islington – Concert Review

An Interview With Jain

An Interview With Jain

Top 5 Celebrities to Appear in Video Games

Top 5 Celebrities to Appear in Video Games

BREXIT: Who Does It Affect The Most? Part III

BREXIT: Who Does It Affect The Most? Part III

Brexit: Who Does It Affect The Most? Part II

Brexit: Who Does It Affect The Most? Part II

BREXIT: Who Does It Affect The Most? Part I

BREXIT: Who Does It Affect The Most? Part I

What 22 A Million Means To Me

What 22 A Million Means To Me

Stefflon Don – SECURE Review

Stefflon Don – SECURE Review

Jain – Souldier Review

Jain – Souldier Review

Why Pharrell Was A Great Choice On Sweetener

Why Pharrell Was A Great Choice On Sweetener

Elba, Idris Elba

Elba, Idris Elba

The Cool Kids Are Taking Over – Lava La Rue

The Cool Kids Are Taking Over – Lava La Rue

The Real Talking Point Of Stormzy’s Scholarship

The Real Talking Point Of Stormzy’s Scholarship

90’s Dancehall production is Avant Garde Genius

90’s Dancehall production is Avant Garde Genius

DON’T YOU… EVER… GET TOO

DON’T YOU… EVER… GET TOO

The Year of Pierre

The Year of Pierre

Buddy – Harlan & Alondra Review

Buddy – Harlan & Alondra Review

The FIFA eWorld Cup 2018

The FIFA eWorld Cup 2018

An Interview With Samm Henshaw

An Interview With Samm Henshaw

The Rise of Grime at Eastern Electrics 2018

The Rise of Grime at Eastern Electrics 2018

An Interview With A$AP Twelvyy

An Interview With A$AP Twelvyy

An Interview With Misterrcha

An Interview With Misterrcha

Lovebox 2018

Lovebox 2018

The Nuances of Knife Crime

The Nuances of Knife Crime

Inside Rick Ross’s Port of Miami II Listening Party

Inside Rick Ross’s Port of Miami II Listening Party

Fair or Unjust?

Fair or Unjust?

An Interview With Buddy

An Interview With Buddy

Wiz Khalifa: Roundhouse – Concert Review

Wiz Khalifa: Roundhouse – Concert Review

Capturing the moment: London’s new generation of music photographers

Capturing the moment: London’s new generation of music photographers

INSENSITIVITY

INSENSITIVITY

Jamie Isaac – Village Underground Review

Jamie Isaac – Village Underground Review

LDNRBS – Highground Review

LDNRBS – Highground Review

Rasharn Powell – Gold On My Neck

Rasharn Powell – Gold On My Neck

An Interview With Kwaleö

An Interview With Kwaleö

Inside Ebenezer’s Listening Party

Inside Ebenezer’s Listening Party

Azekel – Our Father

Azekel – Our Father

Unlucky Number 7

Unlucky Number 7

Exploring Sudan – Politics

Exploring Sudan – Politics

An Interview With Ada B

An Interview With Ada B

Exploring Sudan – Sport

Exploring Sudan – Sport

An Interview with Jamie Isaac

An Interview with Jamie Isaac

Exploring Sudan – Music

Exploring Sudan – Music

Peter Xan – Swagie

Peter Xan – Swagie

Lauryn Hill: 20 Years on. Still Relevant

Lauryn Hill: 20 Years on. Still Relevant

Global Citizen 2018

Global Citizen 2018

Lil Uzi Vert: O2 Academy Brixton – Concert Review

Lil Uzi Vert: O2 Academy Brixton – Concert Review

Top 5 Concert Venues In London

Top 5 Concert Venues In London

Charles’s 2018 NBA Pre-Season Predictions Review

Charles’s 2018 NBA Pre-Season Predictions Review

An Interview with July 7

An Interview with July 7

School shootings, video games and Trump

School shootings, video games and Trump

Boy Pablo: Queen of Hoxton – Concert Review

Boy Pablo: Queen of Hoxton – Concert Review

Anderson. Paak: O2 Academy Brixton – Concert Review

Anderson. Paak: O2 Academy Brixton – Concert Review

Catching a Vibe with CeeCee

Catching a Vibe with CeeCee

Are Mobile Games Ruining the Video Games Industry?

Are Mobile Games Ruining the Video Games Industry?

Rich Brian: O2 Academy Islington – Concert Review

Rich Brian: O2 Academy Islington – Concert Review

Daniel Caesar: Koko – Concert Review

Daniel Caesar: Koko – Concert Review

PARTYNEXTDOOR: O2 Academy Brixton – Concert Review

PARTYNEXTDOOR: O2 Academy Brixton – Concert Review

Man City – Signings That Created A Dynasty

Man City – Signings That Created A Dynasty

Olivia Nelson: Servant Jazz Quarters – Concert Review

Olivia Nelson: Servant Jazz Quarters – Concert Review

Jhene Aiko: O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire – Concert Review

Jhene Aiko: O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire – Concert Review

Bay Blanco: Lago$City Trap$tar – Review

Bay Blanco: Lago$City Trap$tar – Review

Cosmo Pyke: The Garage – Concert Review

Cosmo Pyke: The Garage – Concert Review

Dragon Ball Fighterz – Review

Dragon Ball Fighterz – Review

My Valentine’s Date

My Valentine’s Date

An Interview With Lorenzo RSV

An Interview With Lorenzo RSV

Monster Hunter: World – Review

Monster Hunter: World – Review

Women at Wireless

Women at Wireless

Rip the Thorns Off

Rip the Thorns Off

MOTM

MOTM

An Interview with Malcolm Bracey

An Interview with Malcolm Bracey

An Interview with Big Joanie

An Interview with Big Joanie

12 Albums to Look Forward to in 2018

12 Albums to Look Forward to in 2018

An Interview with Marino Morwood

An Interview with Marino Morwood

Dedication 6

Dedication 6

14HQ’S MOST MEMORABLE MEMES OF 2017

14HQ’S MOST MEMORABLE MEMES OF 2017

KARAN’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2017

KARAN’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2017

T’S TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2017

T’S TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2017

CAM’S PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF 2017

CAM’S PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF 2017

CHARLES’S TOP 10 SPORTING MOMENTS OF 2017

CHARLES’S TOP 10 SPORTING MOMENTS OF 2017

JASON’S TOP 5 GAMES OF 2017

JASON’S TOP 5 GAMES OF 2017

KARAN’S TOP 25 SONGS OF 2017

KARAN’S TOP 25 SONGS OF 2017

An Interview with S1

An Interview with S1

THE RISE OF VIRGIL ABLOH

THE RISE OF VIRGIL ABLOH

23 YEARS ON…

23 YEARS ON…

SELFLESS

SELFLESS

BIG SHA…MICHAEL DAPAAH

BIG SHA…MICHAEL DAPAAH

ATTENTION. OPINION. OBSESSION.

ATTENTION. OPINION. OBSESSION.

REST IN PEACE LIL PEEP

REST IN PEACE LIL PEEP

CALL OF DUTY: WWII – REVIEW

CALL OF DUTY: WWII – REVIEW

5 MORE ARTISTS YOU NEED TO START LISTENING TO

5 MORE ARTISTS YOU NEED TO START LISTENING TO

THE MOST MEMORABLE OPENING MOVIE SCENES

THE MOST MEMORABLE OPENING MOVIE SCENES

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: ENTREPRENEURS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: ENTREPRENEURS

THE GEMS FROM EACH EPISODE OF BLONDED RADIO

THE GEMS FROM EACH EPISODE OF BLONDED RADIO

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: SPORT

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: SPORT

TOP 10 MARVEL CASTING CHOICES

TOP 10 MARVEL CASTING CHOICES

CHARLES’S 2017-18 NBA SEASON PREVIEW

CHARLES’S 2017-18 NBA SEASON PREVIEW

KARAN’S NBA 2017-18 SEASON PREVIEW

KARAN’S NBA 2017-18 SEASON PREVIEW

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: MUSIC

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: MUSIC

THE SUPER TEAM ERA

THE SUPER TEAM ERA

TOP 5, TOP 5, TOP 5: KEY WANE

TOP 5, TOP 5, TOP 5: KEY WANE

F**K THE POLICE

F**K THE POLICE

THE BIG BALLER

THE BIG BALLER

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: INVENTION

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: INVENTION

RAPSODY – LAILA’S WISDOM REVIEW

RAPSODY – LAILA’S WISDOM REVIEW

5 ARTISTS YOU NEED TO START LISTENING TO

5 ARTISTS YOU NEED TO START LISTENING TO

DEDICATION

DEDICATION

EYES PEELED ON: MOSCELLE

EYES PEELED ON: MOSCELLE

MY LIFE, NOT YOURS

MY LIFE, NOT YOURS

EYES PEELED ON: KLEIN MACY

EYES PEELED ON: KLEIN MACY

COMMUNICATION

COMMUNICATION

ULTIMATE FIGHTING TALK

ULTIMATE FIGHTING TALK

VINCE STAPLES: O2 FORUM – CONCERT REVIEW

VINCE STAPLES: O2 FORUM – CONCERT REVIEW

HISTORY MAKER

HISTORY MAKER

MAYWEATHER VS MCGREGOR

MAYWEATHER VS MCGREGOR

IN THE WORDS OF OTHERS: BLONDE

IN THE WORDS OF OTHERS: BLONDE

NO EXCUSES

NO EXCUSES

FINANCE AND FIRST DATES

FINANCE AND FIRST DATES

TOP 5, TOP 5, TOP 5: SYK SENSE

TOP 5, TOP 5, TOP 5: SYK SENSE

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF DIRTY LAUNDRY

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF DIRTY LAUNDRY

KING

KING

TYLER, THE CREATOR – FLOWER BOY REVIEW

TYLER, THE CREATOR – FLOWER BOY REVIEW

Murals and Artwork around New York City

Murals and Artwork around New York City

A DOG WITH A BONE

A DOG WITH A BONE

YOU CAN’T RUSH ART

YOU CAN’T RUSH ART

How ‘(At Your Best) You Are Love’ Travelled 40 Years

How ‘(At Your Best) You Are Love’ Travelled 40 Years

PASSION BEATS ALL

PASSION BEATS ALL

WHATS YOUR TYPE?

WHATS YOUR TYPE?

RULED BY THE OLD GUARD

RULED BY THE OLD GUARD

HOW HIP-HOP TOOK OVER HIGH FASHION

HOW HIP-HOP TOOK OVER HIGH FASHION

CHANNEL ORANGE: 5 YEARS LATER

CHANNEL ORANGE: 5 YEARS LATER

An Interview with Benji Colson

An Interview with Benji Colson

MY EXPERIENCE AT THE BAPE STORE IN NEW YORK CITY

MY EXPERIENCE AT THE BAPE STORE IN NEW YORK CITY

PIERS JAMES – VIBES AND TRIBULATIONS II EP – REVIEW

PIERS JAMES – VIBES AND TRIBULATIONS II EP – REVIEW

La Decima

La Decima

…But It Do Sound Good

…But It Do Sound Good

Uefa Champions League Final

Uefa Champions League Final

Kevin Durant : The Time Is Now

Kevin Durant : The Time Is Now

Mamba Out

Mamba Out

So I Met This One Girl

So I Met This One Girl

Drake – More Life Review

Drake – More Life Review

PHIFE: THE DEDICATION

PHIFE: THE DEDICATION

The Team In Turmoil

The Team In Turmoil

Sacked

Sacked

NBA Mid-Season Round Up

NBA Mid-Season Round Up

Big Sean – I Decided Review

Big Sean – I Decided Review

Sampha – Process Review

Sampha – Process Review

Chance The Rapper: Past vs Present

Chance The Rapper: Past vs Present

The Friendzone

The Friendzone

10 Albums Were Waiting For In 2017

10 Albums Were Waiting For In 2017

Top 5 Anticipated Video Games Of 2017

Top 5 Anticipated Video Games Of 2017

Cheat 2 Win

Cheat 2 Win

Top 5 Games of 2016

Top 5 Games of 2016

Manga vs Anime

Manga vs Anime

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Why ‘Dumb Yanks’ Are Not To Blame For Trumps Victory

Why ‘Dumb Yanks’ Are Not To Blame For Trumps Victory

The Little Boy From South London

The Little Boy From South London

The Biggest Athlete In American Sports History

The Biggest Athlete In American Sports History

Rise And Grind

Rise And Grind

Real Friends

Real Friends

FIFA 17 Review

FIFA 17 Review

Why PES Will Never Be Better Than FIFA

Why PES Will Never Be Better Than FIFA

Best Of E3 2016

Best Of E3 2016

7 Video Games We Used To Play All The Time

7 Video Games We Used To Play All The Time