This month (the month that 2Pac sadly left this world in 1996), Michel Haddi is launching a 40-page, oversized glossy book dedicated to the late legendary rapper and actor Tupac Amaru Shakur, AKA 2Pac – who is widely considered to be one of the most influential rappers of all time and is definitely among the best-selling music artists.
2023 is also a year which celebrates 50 years of hip hop and rap music. The launch of this limited edition (500 worldwide) numbered book features quotes from Tupac who, in 1993, was lensed by Michel Haddi for a series of captivating images – now compiled for the first time in ‘The Legend – Tupac’. It pays ultimate tribute to 2Pac in a portfolio of monochromatic shots in a 45x30cm, 40-page, signed and numbered edition.
“l am happy to present this gem of a book : ‘The Legend – Tupac’ with many of its images featured previously unseen to this day,” says Michel Haddi. “The sad thing is, in my lab in New York City, all of my archives were stolen. So what remains here is a collection of very unique images to share and enjoy of this timeless icon known as 2Pac. The Legend is hot, will go fast and be remembered.” Michel Haddi.
During a magazine shoot, Tupac was there and super cool as ever,” says Michel Haddi. “He was with John Singleton because they had just made the 1993 classic film ‘Poetic Justice’. Still slightly hallucinating from the road accident I experienced earlier that day, I suddenly look at 2Pac and I see an image of Martin Luther King. I say to Tupac that I would like to shoot him dressed in a suit, like a real gent, and he obliged, in the most courteous of manners. So here we are, a new rendition of Martin.”
“This 45x30cm full-bleed book contains 40 pages of magnificent images produced in black & white and four-color throughout. It has a front cover of 350-gram GalerieArt Gloss laminated paper, and 300-gram GalerieArt gloss paper for the text pages inside.
“We spared no costs because only the best would do for ‘The Legend’. Each copy is hand-signed, shrink-wrapped, and numbered from 1–500. The book was beautifully designed by Creative Director, Roberto Da Pozzo.” Michel Haddi.
A photographer and film director, Haddi is currently based in London where he also manages a publishing house, MHS publishing, which publishes his own books among others.
‘THE LEGEND – TUPAC’ . Price: £100,00 ISBN: 978-0-9930347-7-0 . mhspublishing.com/publications/the-legend-tupac