Chip Moody was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and is best known for his black-and-white photographs featuring portraits and interior scenes of Black life. Most recently Moody was an Arts and Culture Leader of Color inaugural fellow with Americans For the Arts (2019-2020).
Often when images of Black people are created they are presented as characters or stereotypes across the broad social spectrum of morality. He seeks to convey Black humanity (outside of that spectrum) in spaces that have persisted through Black autonomy and agency creating images that resonate with the multitude of Black experience. Showcasing specifically Black love and Black culture on its own terms he admires, values, and interrogates his own culture challenging preconceived notions of Blackness. Decentralizing the nature of the “Black” experience is a goal of his work and pre-existing narratives serve as the starting points for his image making process.