GQ BRAZIL : UNCATEGORIZED SAO PAULO

If you're a fan of Tupac, Notorious BIG, NWA or other American hip-hop giants of the 1990s, chances are you've seen a picture taken by Chi Modu are very high. Nigerian naturalized American photographer is known for many of the definitive portraits he has made of some of the most influential rap stars at the height of their careers.

Former director of photography at The Source , a magazine that closely followed the growth of hip-hop culture, the portrait artist opened on Thursday night in São Paulo the exhibition Uncategorized . The curatorship includes photos of rehearsals, recordings, promotions or even recording of artists' scenes during tours or in intimate moments...

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BRB SEOUL KOREA : CHI MODU INTERVIEW

Sitting Down with Chi Modu — Hip-Hop’s OG Photography Juggernaut

World-renowned photographer Chi Modu — most known for his iconic hip-hop snaps — continues to convey incredible stories, documenting diverse lifestyles around the world, all through the lens of his camera.

 Chi shown on location at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat Oman 2018

Chi shown on location at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat Oman 2018

Photography and hip-hop have always been deep passions of mine, and two things I’ve always gravitated towards.

The idea of telling a story through a carefully-captured single moment in time was mind-blowing. Equally interesting was the ability to bend the rules of grammar and tell story through rhythm and poetry.

A pillar in the documentation of hip-hop history, Chi Modu comes from humble beginnings. Chi is someone who documented the hip-hop movement, nearly three decades ago, and captured iconic moments and pictures of larger-than-life personas. The legends of the game. He now continues to travel the world and document other movements and stories.

His name may not ring a bell, but his work has left a massive hand-print in the concrete of hip-hop history. A history that continues to grow and evolve daily.

In the same way hip-hop can transport the listener into a world of thought they may not have lived through or have first-hand experience of, photography is able to expose and share insight of a moment in the same way, where the viewer can appreciate the art.

Being a hip-hop head for many years, it always shocked me — the amount of people who knew of Chi Modu’s photographs, but had no idea who took them. It’s often the case, with many aspects of hip-hop and beyond, that the most important figures are often found outside of the picture.

The opportunity to interview Chi Modu came up. In a quest to delve into his thoughts about photography, hip-hop, and life in general —I took it.

Coming up on three decades in the game, you’re considered by many to be the most iconic hip-hop documentary photographer of all-time — a pioneer in your lane. What’s the most gratifying aspect of your success, aside from being able to convey a message or tell a story through your art?

I found that the camera has been an incredible tool for me to help spread the message of hip hop. Photographers have a responsibility with this skill that we have to use it to educate others and take them into a world that they might not know that much about looking at it from a distance. I find a camera takes you little bit closer and once people get a little closer to things, they tend to get a better understanding for them.
I think that brings the world together. Exposing, documenting, sharing, and showing your world opens it up to others to understand it a little better without having to live in it. I think it pushes back on some of the judgment that often comes from a distance once you get a look inside.

Along with bringing the world together, you really love to embrace new technology. How has that changed the way you work?

Well, photography is still photography. That’s what the people get a little bit confused today. Although we now have digital photography and people have camera phones in their pocket, it’s still the concept of using light to illustrate things. Photography is referred to as the art and science of painting with light. The light hasn’t changed in over a million years.
Photography still has the same core concepts behind it. Composition is still the same as it ever was. I think what technology has done for me, it’s allowed me to spread my work farther and wider and made a lot more people aware of what I’ve done.
I mean, it’s gone as far as Southeast Asia, South America, and has allowed me to reach six continents around the globe. The win is when you can use technology to expand the reach of one’s photography. Social media, especially Instagram, has made this possible at a scale never before seen.
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The Guardian: Chi Modu’s best photograph: Tupac Shakur lets his guard down

I first photographed Tupac Shakur in Atlanta, back in 1994. He turned up half an hour early, but my equipment malfunctioned and I had to send him away. I was so embarrassed, I offered to fly to whatever city he was headed to, to do the shoot there. But he didn’t mind sticking around and turned up early the next day. He did 20 press-ups and said: “Let’s go, brother!”

There were no barriers between us. He was prepared to let his guard down, so I could show the human behind the headlines. This shot was actually an outtake. After taking some pictures of him raising his middle fingers, I just started snapping away as he played with his bandana. His gaze is sensitive: he looks a little like a deer caught up in the headlights. But then we all do at the age of 23, right?...

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Complex Live: Chi Modu, a legendary hip-hop photographer who's behind iconic portraits of 2Pac, Biggie, Nas, Mobb Deep and more.

On this week's, episode of "Complex Live," we head to Los Angeles for a tour of Fairfax, where Bobby Hundreds talks about the history and importance of that district to streetwear and brings along, Nicky Diamonds and Anwar Carrots, two other essential players. 

Then, we talk with Big Boi about his new album, Boomiverse, his collaborations with Adam Levine, Killer Mike and Jeezy and Outkast’s legacy. And we get to know Chi Modu, a legendary hip-hop photographer who's behind iconic portraits of 2Pac, Biggie, Nas, Mobb Deep and more.

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HIGHSNOBIETY: Chi Modu: The Man Behind the Lens of Some of Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Moments

For Nigerian-American photographer Chi Modu, imagery goes beyond showing a lifestyle; it is about telling a unique story that brings the viewer closer to his subject’s truth. From photographing legendary artist like Tupac, Biggie and Nas to traveling the world and documenting the daily life of people in Yemen and India, Chi has created a unique lane for himself with a body of work that puts him in legendary status with no questions asked...

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