Nikon Photo Contest 2020 - 2021 Judges

Janette Beckman


I am honored to be asked to be a judge for the Nikon Photo Contest. Photography for me has always been about capturing that moment in time. We are the witnesses to the history happening right in front of our eyes, and the camera is our tool to capture it for future generations.
My first professional camera was a Nikkormat with a 35mm lens which I got back in 1976, and used to photograph the dawn of the British punk era for magazines like the Face and Melody Maker. Those images are now part of our cultural history.


British-born photographer Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for music magazines The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands ranging from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers. In 1983 she moved to New York to document the underground hip-hop scene, photographing pioneers Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt-N-Pepa, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J and more. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Janette continues to chronicle sub-cultures as well as photographing campaigns for brands from Levis to Dior She is represented by the Fahey / Klein Gallery.