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“I always felt it was a Brooklyn trait to find humor in a rough situation,” Al Pereira told GO Brooklyn. Pereira, a Windsor Terrace resident, has made his career finding that humor with his striking portraits from the golden age of hip-hop.

Many of these photos, including portraits of Salt-N-Pepa and Big Daddy Kane (pictured), fill a retrospective of Pereira’s work at the Brooklyn Public Library’s central branch.

“I wanted to photograph people whom I thought were important,” Pereira said. “There was no money in it when I started. I did it just for the love of music and photography.”

While the exhibition focuses mainly on 1980s and early ’90s rappers, a few of today’s notables, such as Jay-Z, also appear. What they share is a Brooklyn pedigree.

“You feel it in the music — that they all come from Brooklyn,” said Pereira. “That’s something I hope to reflect in the show.”

“Brooklyn Beats” is on display through Feb. 11 at the Brooklyn Public Library’s central branch (on Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway). For information call (718) 230-2100 or visit the Web site, www.brooklynpublicli....

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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