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Photograph by:
Michael Benabib, American, born 1962  Search this
Subject of:
Tupac Amaru Shakur, American, 1971 - 1996  Search this
dye and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Sheet): 14 × 11 in. (35.6 × 27.9 cm)
H x W (Image): 13 9/16 × 9 3/16 in. (34.4 × 23.4 cm)
chromogenic color prints
digital prints
Place captured:
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
1995; printed 2003
A color photograph of Tupac Shakur in Harlem, 1995. Shakur, dressed in white and red, is raising his shirt to expose a [THUG LIFE] tattoo on his torso. He holds a cigar in his proper left hand and a bottle wrapped in a paper bag in his proper right. He wears a large cross medallion on his chest and a red and white bandanna tied around his head. The image is signed and dated by Michael Benabib on the front. An inscription on the back by Bill Adler identifies the subject, photographer, date and location.
African American  Search this
Hip-hop (Music)  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rappers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© Michael Benabib
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photography Collection
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture