Photograph by Bethanie Hines
Bay Area based Photographer and Visual Arist Idris Hassan, began her journey as the family photographer preserving precious life moments. In 1994 while studying Photo Journalism in college she won an award for a emotionally stunning photo entitled “Dead Homies”, which pictures a young man overlooking an East Oakland Cemetery. The photograph, a commentary on the countless young men losing their lives to drugs and violence in the 1990's Urban Landscapes, was a catalyst for Ms. Hassan's entry into the field of Photography and Media.
In her evolution as a documentarian she has traveled across the county and abroad capturing the visual essence of various communities. Her photography and collages reveal the worlds of artists, musicians, families, and highlights the legacy of culture.
Her style carries the inspiration of greats such as Gordon Parks, Romare Bearden, and Carrie Mae Weems. Her photography and collage work have been featured in the “Black Artists on Art” Legacy Exhibit at Oakstop Gallery, the Annual “Art of Living Black” Exhibition at the Richmond Art Center, the “Oakland Women's Day” exhibition at Betti Ono Gallery, Afro Solo's "Reflecting the Light Series" at the San Francisco Public Library, and at various exhibitions in the Bay Area. Ms. Hassan's work has also been featured in the Summer 2015 issue of “African Voices”, a Collection of Soulful Art and Literature. In 2018 her photography will also be featured in “Photoville” in Brooklyn, NY as part of the exhibition “Alter: Prayer, Ritual, Offerings” curated by Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.
Idris Hassan is the Creative Director of Chocolate Beats Media, which was founded in 2009 to provide down to earth radio programming, innovative cultural event documentation, and a holistic digital media experience. She is the Producer and Host of Chocolate Beats Radio on KPFA 94.1 FM, which features music and artist interviews. She has produced and aired audio projects including news segments, PSAs, interviews, and feature stories highlighting guests such as Actor and Activist Harry Belefonte, Singer Marie Daulne of Zap Mama. Hip Hop Artist Medusa, and “Funk Jazz Cafe” creator Jason Orr. She is also a Videographer and Digital Media Editor.
During the 1990's Idris Hassan developed her craft working as an Entertainment Journalist contributing material to Hip Hop Magazines such as 4080, Rap Sheet, and VIBE. She has photographed and interviewed artists such as The Roots, The Souls Of Mischief, Method Man, the Goodie Mob, Ice T, and Money B of Digital Underground. Her documentary "Bay Area Cypher" has screened at various film festivals and workshops across the country. Ms. Hassan has produced video projects for various Bay Area artists and community groups including event documentaries, as well as promotional and fund raising videos.