Der Ex The Source Fotograf Chi Modu muss wohl der bekannteste Unbekannte der gesamten Hip Hop Szene sein. Er hatte die größten Hip Hop Legenden vor der Kamera und das zu einer Zeit in der nicht täglich Milliarden Bilder für jeden zugänglich veröffentlicht wurden. Die Kollegen von Hypebeast machten diese Minidoku über den beeindruckenden Lieblingskünstler deiner Lieblingskünstler möglich.
„In addition to shooting over 30 cover photos for The Source as their Director of Photography, Chi was able to capture the musicians in candid, unexpected moments, due to his disarming manner and unique perspective. His photos include some of the most groundbreaking, memorable images of that era, including Tupac Smoking and Biggie WTC (standing in from of the World Trade Towers). He not only chronicled and defined the most important phase of the hip hop movement, now a global force, he also was able to define the artists and show them as real people, rather than one-dimensional celebrities. Chi’s unusual background is probably responsible for the unique way he sees and captures the world around him. Born in Nigeria and raised in New Jersey, Chi had to decide at a young age whether to return with his parents to Nigeria or stay behind at boarding school. He chose boarding school, and found himself at Lawrenceville, the prestigious prep school attended by the likes of Michael Eisner and Malcolm Forbes. With his parents on the other side of the world, Chi developed a strong independent streak, which later would manifest itself in his work. “ fasst ein Text über ihn auf seiner Webseite treffend zusammen.
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