Rayon, a third-year photography student, is featured as this month’s “Hot Shot” in TeenPeople magazine. In addition to attending SVA he freelances for magazines such as Vibe and The Source. Amidst a relatively new career, Rayon has already snapped numerous pictures of hip-hop’s top sellers including Ludacris, Damon Dash and Clipse. When he was just 16 years old, Rayon introduced himself to hip-hop photographer Ernie Paniccioli, who was shooting a music video in Rayon’s Brooklyn neighborhood. With a passion for photography and perseverance, Rayon soon became Ernie’s assistant. Although Ernie closed his studio in 2001, Rayon was able to compile enough work for a portfolio and began showing it to many of the contacts he had made while working with his mentor.
Image: Rayon, Aaja and Baby, 2003