“Photo” Rob Adam Mayer discussed his history behind the camera and the documentary released recently on his career, Don’t Get Too Close Or You Might Get Shot. The film charts Photo Rob’s entrance into the independent New York Hip-Hop scene and the influence his shots has had on artists and culture, alike. He also discussed how the shoot for BHF Alum’s Torae & Marco Polo’s Double Barrel was unexpectedly interrupted. “We got pretty much chased out of Brooklyn,” he says.
“There was a couple locations that were not cleared and some pretty big dudes came out and asked us to leave the premises. There were some pretty tough guys in Red Hook saying, ‘Get out of here. What are you doing?‘ I think the actual Double Barrel cover, I got six frames off in that location before they were like, ‘Get out here!‘...We were in some pretty shifty locations so these guys were businessmen, I suppose. Whatever they were up to, you could tell by the location of the shoot that it was a pretty tough area. It was real cool. It was a great shoot, a great day, a great memory.”
Along with Torae & Marco Polo, Photo Rob has also shot album covers for Group Home’s, Lil‘ Dap, Fresh Daily (BHF Alum) as well as magazine covers for Wax Poetics magazine, among others. “Wax Poetics, that was the Q-Tip cover,” says Mayer. “The first time I took a picture of Q-Tip I think was for the Wax Poetics cover in 2008. When I meet somebody who I’m a big fan of and am a big supporter of their music in terms of just buying records, I just give them a pound first and say, ‘Thank you for your music. I’m a huge fan of what you do.’ And then I just get to work and try to do the best job I can.”
Photo Rob has also shot numerous Brooklyn Bodega events, including the 2010 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival featuring De La Soul, Duck Down's 15th Anniversary Show, Curren$y, Fashawn and more. BrooklynBodega.com recently featured him, further discussing the documentary about his career and his life before Hip-Hop photography.
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“Q-Tip & Friends” will headline the 2011 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, July 11-16. Tickets are now available.
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