For all the advancements in technology, it’s still cool that a moment in time–something that shall never be seen or experienced the same exact way ever again–can be captured by a camera. And few things are as intimate as a candid photos, documenting a subject in their most natural state. Rising hip-hop photographer Cam Kirk has made the candid his signature, using it as a window through which fans can see their favorite artists without the posturing and performance. His work has graced many publications in both digital and print, including EBONY, as well as Fader, Vice and Noisey, and he’s currently making his way into the world of documentaries.
While many a rapper been captured by Kirk’s camera lens (Future, Migos, Birdman, 2 Chainz, and the list goes on,) his most polarizing subject without a doubt has to be Atlanta rap legend Gucci Mane. Currently behind bars for a felony gun possession charge, Gucci continues to be a fixture on the Southern rap scene and has amassed a cult following across the country. After being introduced years ago by rapper Young Scooter, the two developed a working relationship and friendship. The result is, “Trap God,” pop-up photo gallery created by Kirk in collaboration with clothing brand LRG showcasing 15-20 candid, never-before-scene shots of the jailed rapper. The exhibit is being hosted at an abandoned church in East Atlanta Zone 6 and will also give attendees the opportunity to see what a ‘trap house’ looks like.
Kirk says it was an important opportunity to pay homage to someone who has contributed so much to hip-hop in recent years. “I’ve spoken to Gucci, and for everything he’s done for the Southern rap culture, I felt it’s right to showcase him in this light. He’s created the lay-out for what Southern rap is right now, and it’s only right to show him that respect,” he says. “I also wanted this to have the appropriate vibe of what Atlanta is, which is why the gallery is going to be shown in an abandoned church-turned-trap house. Most people have never seen what a trap house looks like, and for those who are so interested in our culture, I wanted to provide a live experience in the name of photographic art.”
The exhibit is open Satuday, May 30th from 3-7pm. To attend “Trap God,” send an email to [email protected] for the specific location.