Koi Sojer "The Gifted Eye" Celebrity Hip-Hop Photographer is a multi-talented woman of color and a United States Army Veteran, whose career began shooting the underground world of Hip-Hop in the '90s in New York City. Celebrity Photographer, Event Photography, Headshot.
Photo by Sir Jones
Koi Sojer "The Gifted Eye" Celebrity Hip-Hop Photographer is a multi-talented woman of color and a United States Army Veteran, whose career began shooting the underground world of Hip-Hop in the '90s in New York City.
Photo by Sir Jones
As a child, photographer Gordon Parks was a big influence because his photographs allowed me to see a picture without a camera. But it wasn’t until after serving my country in the United States Army that I would become a young black female self-taught photographer and herstorian to capture on film the culture in the music industry called Hip Hop. This gave me the opportunity and experience to write my history on film with those magical moments during a time when rap was only considered underground music.
In 1991 my twin sissy Gramma Funk "The Funk Hostess Wit Da Mostess" and I started promoting Hip-Hop in a big way with the Infamous Tuesday Night "Funk Hut" Parties for signed and unsigned artists where they had a stage to display their talents. This is also where my career as a self-taught photographer began by capturing Artists and Celebrities who were in support of Us and the Hip-Hop Culture Movement.
So I have invited you all to take a journey back down memory lane with me to when we were Young, Happy to Be Nappy, Hungry for our Craft, Determine to make a name for ourselves before paparazzi would even aim their cameras in Hip Hop’s direction.
I am so proud of how we all represented the Hip-Hop Culture to the Fullest. It was such a Beautiful journey and now with thirty years of experience under my belt, I look forward to what the future holds for me as a Herstorian (History captured by Her) Celebrity Hip-Hop photographer along with my extended archive of memorable photographs to share with You and the World that will forever be etched in history.
Click the tabs above to witness my journey as a Young Black "Gifted Eye" Photographer from The Underground World of Hip-Hop to Hollywood A-List Celebrities.
Contact Koi Sojer for Licensing at SnapNUPhotos@SnapNUPhotos.com
A Tribe Called Quest “Award Tour” single cover (1993), Akinyele Album cover (1993)
Books & Magazines:
VIBE, The Source, Black Beat, Rappages, Beat Down, PRIDE (1993-1997), VIBE Book: Unbelievable "The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G." (2003), EBONY Magazine: Jill Scott (2015), New York Post: Chrissy Teigen (2015), People Magazine: Taraji P. Henson (2016), Daily News Paper: Katy Perry on the front cover (2016)
Brian Coleman "Check The Technique" Volume 2 Book (2016), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Book: Tupac & Biggie (2017)
TV Networks & Documentaries: Underground 90's Hip-Hop photographs
Tupac: Resurrection Documentary (2003), A&E “BIGGIE: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.” documentary (2017), Murder Rap “Inside the Biggie & Tupac Murders" Documentary (2017), VH1 Female Honors (Conscious Daughters) (2017), FOX TV Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? Movie (2017), BET's Death Row Chronicles (2018), Netflix Hip-Hop Evolution documentary series episode called "NY Producers" Ep. 204. (2018), USA Network Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. (2018), WEtv "Untold Stories of Hip Hop" documentary S01E01 (2019), AMC Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America: Season 1 - Episode 6 LADIES FIRST by Queen Latifah (2019).
Red Carpet Events:
The SAG Awards, MTV, VMAs, AMAs, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, VIP events, Movie Premieres, and Concerts. She has also been the official photographer for the Pan African Film Festival for the past four years.
Panels: Documenting History In Your Own Back Yard II:
Guest Speaker for Documenting Hip-Hop History Through Photography (2020)
Keep in touch with us for all of our upcoming book release, photo exhibits and events.
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