About the photographer, Brian CROSS (b. 1966, known as B+/B Plus)
Brian CROSS, is an Irish photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. He predominantly photographed the Los Angeles' hip hop scene in the 1990s as well as helped create album art for a number of artists including Q-Tip, Eazy-E, Damian Marley, DJ Shadow, and J Dilla.
In 1993, he published 'It's Not About a Salary: Rap, Race and Resistance in Los Angeles', a book of essays, interviews, and photography. It featured conversations with and photographs of The Watts Prophets, Toddy Tee, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, and Freestyle Fellowship. In 2014, he was listed on Complex's '15 Rap Photographers Every Rap Fan Should Know' list. In 2017, he published 'Ghostnotes: Music of the Unplayed', which featured the faces of artists such as J Dilla, Brian Wilson, Leon Ware, George Clinton, and The Notorious B.I.G.
In 2018 several early hip hop images by Brian CROSS were published in 'Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop', by Vikki Tobak. In April 2019, the book was transformed into a full-size museum exhibit at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. His images in the book and exhibit feature artists Goodie Mobb and Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Photo books by the photographer, Brian Cross
'Ghostnotes: Music of the Unplayed' (2017); 'Working in Los Angeles' (2008); 'It's Not About a Salary: Rap, Race and Resistance in Los Angeles' (1993)