Jul 282022
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The Brooklyn Connection artist talk

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Join us for an exploration and discussion of work from the incredible photographers selected by curator Jamel Shabazz to be part of The Brooklyn Connection exhibition.

Presenters: Jamel Shabazz

Location: Lefferts House, Prospect Park

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Presented by:

  • MPB
  • Prospect Park Alliance
  • Photoville

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of MPB

This event is free and open to the public!

Join us for an exploration of work from the incredible set of emerging photographers selected to be part of The Brooklyn Connection exhibition at Prospect Park. The photographers will be discussing their work, vision, Brooklyn roots, and more; in a program led by curator Jamel Shabazz.

Attendees will meet in Prospect Park at the site of the exhibit, which is presented by Prospect Park Alliance as part of the “ReImagine Lefferts” initiative. This initiative re-envisions the mission and programming of the museum to recognize its role as a site of slavery; and to tell the stories — in innovative and inclusive ways — of the enslaved Africans and the Indigenous people of the Lenapehoking who lived and worked the land. As the Alliance reimagines the mission of the museum, they seek to engage the public in a thoughtful dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and the treatment of marginalized communities who have contributed to the rich tapestry of Brooklyn.

Presenter Bios

  • Jamel Shabazz

    Jamel Shabazz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At 15, he picked up his first camera and started to document his peers. In 1980, he embarked on a mission to extensively document New York City, from youth culture to a wide range of social conditions.

    Shabazz says his goal is to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture. He has worked with a wide range of organizations centered on inspiring young people in the field of photography and social responsibility. He has been a teaching artist with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, the Bronx Museum’s Teen Council youth program, the International Center of Photography, Friends of the Island Academy, and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Expanding the Walls Project.

    Shabazz is the author of 5 monographs. He is presently working on a new book, The Book of Life.


  • MPB


    MPB is the platform to buy, sell, and trade used photography and videography kit. MPB is a destination for everyone, whether you’ve just discovered your passion for visual storytelling or you’re already a pro. We have always been committed to making kit more accessible and affordable, and helping to visualize a more sustainable future. We recirculate more than 300,000 cameras, lenses, and accessories every year — extending the life and creative potential of photo and video kit for visual storytellers around the world.

  • Prospect Park Alliance

    Prospect Park Alliance

    Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the mid-19th century, Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s flagship park — welcoming more than 10 million visits each year.

    Prospect Park Alliance is the non-profit organization that sustains “Brooklyn’s Backyard,” working in partnership with the city of New York. The Alliance was founded in 1987 to help restore the park after a long period of deterioration and decline. Today, the Alliance provides critical staff and resources that keep the park green and vibrant for the diverse communities that call Brooklyn home. The Alliance cares for the woodlands and natural areas, restores the park’s buildings and landscapes, creates innovative park destinations, and provides free or low-cost volunteer, education, and recreation programs.

    Today, Prospect Park is an international model for the care of urban parks, and one of the premier green spaces in the United States.

  • Photoville


    Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography and visual storytelling by producing a free annual festival, amplifying impactful narratives, and connecting artists to a wide global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large scale exhibitions.

    Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships and creative collaborations with community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives by working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide to create new exhibition and public art opportunities that showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography. For more information about Photoville visit,

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