The Bronx native started shooting photos back in the late ’80s while touring with KRS-One and BDP. His Contax 645 was a vessel that empowered the then teenager to document the world around him. “The arts is what got me through life,” D-Nice recalls. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums in the ’90s, a riff with his label, Jive Records, brought his rap career to an abrupt halt. It was photography that became his refuge. “Photography started to mean something when the clapping stopped,” he admits.
While working as a Web developer on Aaliyah’s posthumous album, I Care 4 U, he began to take the craft seriously. Inspired by the work of noted photographer and friend Jonathan Mannion, D-Nice armed himself with an arsenal of cameras, including a Leica, Holga, Lomo, and the Polaroid 195 Land Camera. He hasn’t taken any shortcuts in his photographic education, an anomaly in this era of instant gratification. “I wanted other photographers to know that I respect their craft,” he shares. He enrolled in the International Center of Photography in New York, where he attended night classes for almost a year.