VaultWorks celebrates archival content, bringing lost stories to life. Our aim is to highlight forgotten and untold cultural history through the lenses of the creators who captured it. This is done through archival asset management, original content creation, and other traditional and non-traditional avenues.
Ernie Paniccioli is the Author of “Hip Hop at the End of the World” and “Who Shot Ya?”. He first made his foray into the culture in 1973 when he began capturing the ever-present graffiti art dominating New York City. Armed with a 35-millimeter camera, Paniccioli has recorded the entire evolution of Hip Hop. Paniccioli, himself Native American, is known for his special eye for capturing people and communities ignored or misunderstood by mainstream America. Starting with snapping pics (a priceless history) of graffiti art in 1973 in NYC, he evolved to become the pictorial archeologist of Hip Hop much like James Van Der Zee did for 1920’s Harlem and Edward S. Curtis’ monumental prints did for the Native peoples of North America. Ernie is regarded by the Hip Hop community as their premier American photographer.
He is also a Hip Hop Hall of Fame inductee, recipient of the Zulu Nation Human Soul Award, creator of “The Other Side of Hip Hop” - named best documentary in 2007 - and has works featured in the Cornell University famed Hip Hop Collection. Some of the most famous caught by his lens include John F. Kennedy, Jr. , Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Carter, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, Notorious Big , Michael Jordan, Britney Spears, Aaliyah, Tupac, Jay Z, Run DMZ, and The Dalai Lama, the list is endless. When asked which of his photographs is his favorite, Ernie responds… "My favorite photograph is my next one."
Tim Bret-Day is a Londoner, starting out as a member of the paparazzi before changing direction and going to college. After assisting in the top flight of the fashion world he embarked on a solo career which led to him working for all the top fashion magazines. A new change in direction meant following a freer more creative style which led to him shooting top agency work all over the world, such as Nike, Mercedes, Agent Provocateur, Harvey Nichols, Virgin, to name but a few. He is currently working on a book covering his illustrious career in photography.
Jürgen Olczyk began his journey studying photo design in Munich until 1972, and founded his photo agency soon after. In 1985, he founded JAT Photo International, and has been continuously traveling the world for the nearly four decades since then to capture unforgettable photographs of rock stars, models, actors and athletes. His archive includes an encyclopedic “Who's Who” of international music and celebrity, from ACDC to ZZ Top. His passionate, lively photos show famous figures live, backstage, in the studio or in private settings. Each captures a still moment in time that tells a story of motion and energy. Each of the Fine Art Prints drawn from his endless collection is a work of art, specifically selected to highlight a period in that subject’s storied history. Legends live forever in Jürgen’s masterpieces, and now you can help preserve and exhibit history in your home or office through this Fine Art Print sale.