Documentary photographer Peter Beste grew up in the Houston area, and began photographing an in-depth study of Houston's rap culture in late 2004. A collaboration with writer Lance Scott Walker during that period has produced two books, Houston Rap, and The Houston Rap Tapes, both of which will be released by Sinecure books in spring 2013. The former is a 280 page photo book with an oral history and an introduction by Bun B of UGK, while the latter is a book of Walker's interviews with an introduction by Willie D of Geto Boys. This exhibit will include images from both books and others from Beste's collection of thousands of photographs of members of the Houston rap community and the neighborhoods of Fifth Ward, Third Ward and South Park.
Beste has had solo exhibitions in London, New York, Tokyo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bogotá, Berlin, Oslo, San Francisco, Austin, Los Angeles, Atlanta and many others. His work has appeared in American Photo, Arkitip, British Journal of Photography, Dazed and Confused, London Observer, Modern Painters, VH1, MTV, NRK (Norway), XXL and many others.