Documentary photographer Chi Modu captures a softer side of the outspoken, controversial rapper, Tupac Shakur. The rare photos are available in Modu’s newly released book Uncategorized.
Modu formed the idea of Uncategorized in 2013 of many visuals of Tupac Shakur outdoors. Modu caught pictures of Tupac in happy moments with those closest to him. Modu considered Tupac a friend and vice versa.
“Tupac had a profound impact on so many people, and his appeal transcends race, class, age, and geography. It’s time to celebrate his life, and there’s no better way than to share these photos with the world,” Modu said.
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These pictures of the legendary rapper were taken while Modu began trailing Tupac back in 1994 until six months before his death in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The art world tends to be very exclusive and full of obstacles for both the artists and the public. My goal was to make art more inclusive by pulling an end run on the galleries, breaking down the barriers, and bringing the art directly to the people. Like graffiti, but legal,” Modu said.
Modu’s goal is to break down people’s perception of those behind the music.
“People always want to put artists into neat little boxes. My work does not fit into any one stereotype and neither do I. I wanted to create something that is the opposite of putting labels on everything and make a statement against stereotyping. I don’t see this as just an exhibit or book. I see it as a movement that can’t be stopped. Power to the people!”
Order the book at Uncategorized.com.