Being a photographer can be a fascinating and fulfilling career, but it doesn’t come without its obstacles. Jamel Shabazz will discuss his career, including how his art has evolved and the lessons he’s learned.
An afternoon with Jamel Shabazz
Featuring: Jamel Shabazz
Friday, September 14 | 5PM – 5:45PM
Location: 60 Water Street, DUMBO – across from Photoville
Being a photographer can be a fascinating and fulfilling career, but it doesn’t come without its obstacles. Acclaimed photographer Jamel Shabazz will discuss his career, including how his art has evolved, how he has been able to balance his commercial and his personal work and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Jamel is a Brooklyn-based photographer and has been documenting the streets of New York City since 1980 and exhibits his work around the globe. He has unparalleled experience in his field and will share his firsthand insights and advice.
Jamel Shabazz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of fifteen, he picked up his first camera and started to document his peers. Inspired by photographers Leonard Freed, James Van Der Zee, and Gordon Parks, he marveled at their documentation of the African American community. In 1980, as a concerned photographer with a clear vision, he embarked on a mission to extensively document various aspects of life in New York City, from youth culture to a wide range of social conditions. Due to its spontaneity and uniqueness, the streets and subway system became backdrops for many of his photographs.
Shabazz says his goal is to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture. In the past 10 years he has had over two dozen solo exhibitions: “Men of Honor,” “A Time Before Crack,” “Pieces of a Man,” “Represent,” When Two Worlds Meet,” “Back in the Days,” and “Seconds of my Life,” which have been shown from Argentina to The Netherlands, England, Italy, Germany, France, Japan and throughout the United States.
An even longer list of group showings include Art Basel; Miami, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, the Contact Photo Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Duke University, The Smithsonian and The Bronx Museum.