A Great Day in Harlem or Harlem 1958 is a 1958 black and white group portrait of 57 notable jazz musicians photographed in front of a Brownstone in Harlem, New York City. The musicians had gathered at 17 East 126th Street in Harlem where Art Kane, a freelance photographer working for Esquire magazine, took the picture around 10AM on August 12. Esquire published the photo in its January 1959 issue. Kane calls it "the greatest picture of that era of musicians ever taken.", and the photo has remained an important object in the study of the history of jazz.
In 1998, XXL Magazine and Gordon Parks (director of Shaft) recreated the photograph with 200 notable American Hip-Hop artists to represent the music and culture which partially originated from the artists photographed 40 years ago.
On September 19th, 2013, initiator Ghamte Schmidt and crew brought together 170 notable rappers, DJ's and producers from the Dutch Hip-Hop scene at Radio Kootwijk. Radio Kootwijk is a small town which arose as a result of the building of a shortwave transmitter site with the same name, starting in 1918. The transmitters played an important role in the 20th century as a communication facility.
This very special moment has been recorded by photographer Yamandu Roos and filmmakers Opslaan Als. The final result is set to be unveiled on November 2nd at the Amsterdam City Archive during the Museumnacht (museum night) event. The collectible replica posters will be available for purchase at Patta after the unveiling. Check out the official trailer below and hop over to the website for more information.