Big Pun & Son

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Big Pun & Son on the steps of their home.

South Bronx, Summer 1996

 

The Photo Moment:

The day I was to photograph them, either Fat Joe or Big Pun was doing some sort of interview with a rising music video station called The Box. There was no designated end goal, beyond giving Fat Joe some pictures for himself and his friends.

The day of the shoot, I drove myself and three friends from New Brunswick, up to the South Bronx in my 1990 Plymouth Horizon. It was a 1 hour, 40-minute drive. No GPS. The plan was to meet on the block where Big Pun and his family lived. We arrived early, walked around Pun’s block. It was a very nice neighborhood. Trees, space, sun.

Twenty minutes later, Fat Joe arrived right on time in his big-body Mercedes Benz. Big Pun jumped out; his school-aged son, Christopher, ran from the house to greet him. We all casually walked toward Pun’s house.

A moment or so later I walked near the front steps. Pun was seated on the step in front of his porch, on the wireless house phone. Christopher came out of the house holding his father’s Godfather hat, knowing his father liked to wear that particular hat in photo shoots. Pun continued his phone call. His wife at this point was at the doorway, behind the screened door, looking toward Pun's and Christopher’s backs.

Pun finished the phone conversation. I could sense it was related to business and finances. He set down the phone, smiled, then leaned over to kiss his son as thanks for bringing his Godfather hat.

Later that afternoon, we met up with Angie Martinez as Fat Joe, Pun, and Angie were interviewed by The Box music TV network.

 

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Photo has a 1" white border around the image

Limited Release Print

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Photo is printed on Silver Gelatin Archival Fiber-Base Paper

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