ABOUT The Book
“I met Phillip way back, in ’95 or ’96, and he was always the guy who would say, ‘Let’s take a picture’.”
–Pharrell Williams. From the Introduction to Big Shots!
Just as Andy Warhol: Red Books defined a generation of artists, similarly BIG SHOTS! is a collection of photographs that captures the energy of the world of hip-hop and the greater worlds of music and fashion alike. Shot by Phillip Leeds on a vintage Polaroid camera called The Big Shot, these photographs offer a visual record of hip-hop and fashion and culture from the 2004 through to the present.
A compilation of previously unpublished work documenting some of the biggest names in hip-hop and fashion, BIG SHOTS! offers more than 350 Polaroids of artists and figures including Beck, Andre Leon Talley, Gwen Stefani, Paloma Faith, Lewis Hamilton, Jay Z, Questlove, and Rita Ora, to name a few. BIG SHOTS! gives readers a unique look into an era of music and fashion as it crossed in front of Phillip’s camera and shared through the ever-nostalgic format of the Polaroid.
About the Author
Phillip Leeds is a photographer and music industry veteran who has worked as a producer / artist / tour / event and brand manager at a multitude of companies such as Def Jam, Rush Producer Management, How Can I Be Down?, Rush Artist Management, Star Trak and Billionaire Boys Club. Born and raised in NYC, Phillip has been an avid photographer since his teens but has only recently decided to publish this work, which previously was just a collection of portraits in a shoebox.