Dutch photographer and filmmaker, Dana Lixenberg, has worked with the likes of Prince, Biggie Smalls, Whitney Houston and Tupac Shakur. Her work has been well received and these HQ photos from the 1993 Tupac photo shoot has inspired many.
When Dana photographed Tupac Shakur at a young age of 22, little did she know one of those shots would inspire many. Artists from around the world used the photo below and created their own paintings and murals in tribute of the icon.
The photo captures Tupac’s deep and inner complexity. One of the first murals inspired by the photo was discovered in the lower east side of Manhattan. Then over the years more inspirational murals followed in Madrid, China and Melbourne.
In 1993 Tupac Shakur would work with Janet Jackson and director John Singleton on Poetic Justice. Tupac would showcase his range as an actor, as the character Lucky was the opposite of Bishop. “Pac’ was crazy and I adored him. He was one way the way people saw him, not to say that wasn’t him but he also had another side to him, he was fun and silly” Janet Jackson speaking about Tupac Shakur.
Hip Hop also had a big year when it came to 1993. Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, and Queen Latifah all had successful albums that year.
Tupac’s second studio album would be no different. Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. left an impact on the culture with classics such as I Get Around and Keep Ya Head Up. the album would reach the number four spot on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Album chart.