It makes perfect sense for a photographer to adopt a name like “Snapps,” especially when that photographer has such a knack for snapping dope pictures as Mike Knapps does. The New York native, known to most as Snapps NY, has emerged as one of the leading young photographers on both the Hip Hop and streetwear scenes. He got his start when a friend, who at the time, had been working for Hip Hop’s Bible, The Source Magazine, noticed how skilled Snapps was with a camera. Since then he has gone on to have his photographs featured in publications like Rolling Stone and to shoot campaigns and lookbooks for brands like KITH. Here, Snapps NY talks to Life+Times about some of his favorite photographs.