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FotoFilm: Contact High: The Stories Behind Hip-Hop's Most Iconic Photographs

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Renowned hip hop documentarians Chi Modu and Janette Beckman in conversation. 

Writer Vikki Tobak talks with two photographers who have played critical roles in shaping hip hop imagery and offer a rare glimpse into the creative process that went into the making of each photo.

Chi Modu captured some of the most iconic pictures taken of 2Pac and will be signing his new book "Uncategorized," a book of never-before-seen 2Pac photos. Having shot over 30 cover photos for The Source magazine in the 1990s as their Director of Photography, Modu captured everyone from Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, Mary J. Blige, and L-L Cool J. The Nigeria-born and New Jersey-raised photographer has a remarkable archive of images, including Biggie WTC (standing in from of the World Trade Towers). From the start, he had a sense that hip hop visual culture would be important.

Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. Her sharp eye for street style and pop culture led her to document two decades of youthful tribes: Punks, Mods, Skinheads, Rockabillies and B-boys and girls. Her powergul portraits of Hip Hop pioneers including Run DMC, Salt'n'Pepa and Grandmaster Flash are collected in Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Presented by Contact High Project (moderated by writer Vikki Tobak) and Mass Appeal Magazine

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