Photoville

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.

Current Exhibitions Featuring Jamel Shabazz

The Brooklyn Connection

Lefferts House, Prospect Park
 on show

Presented by Photoville, Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks

Sponsored by MPB

All formulated by their connection to Brooklyn, each artist’s work is a beautiful well-mixed mosaic.

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Archive Exhibitions Featuring Jamel Shabazz

Prospect Park: My Oasis In Brooklyn

Lefferts House, Prospect Park
 archive : 2021

Across 41 years of photographing in Prospect Park, Jamel Shabazz has captured reunion picnics, musicians, races, dog walks, and so much more in the beloved park he calls his “Oasis in Brooklyn.”

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Perspectives

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2019

A collection of black and white, and color photographs, featuring the work of a distinctive group of individual photographers, all printed courtesy of Digital Silver Imaging.

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Portraits by Delphine Diallo

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5 Uplands
 archive : 2014

A series of portraits that juxtapose reality with imaginary conscience; fashion with documentary photographs; tradition with modernity.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Jamel Shabazz

Jul 282022

The Brooklyn Connection artist talk

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.

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Sep 262021

Walking Curated Tour Of Prospect Park: My Oasis In Brooklyn

Across 41 years of photographing in Prospect Park, Jamel Shabazz has captured reunion picnics, musicians, races, dog walks, and so much more in the beloved park he calls his “Oasis in Brooklyn.”

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Sep 152019

Perspectives: A Conversation led by Jamel Shabazz

Acclaimed photographer Jamel Shabazz has curated an exhibition at Photoville this year, showcasing young photographers from diverse backgrounds who use documentary photography to address pressing social issues. He leads a conversation with them on this panel.

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Sep 142018

An Afternoon with Jamel Shabazz

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.

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Sep 182014

We Live in Brooklyn, Baby – Curated by Jamel Shabazz

Spanning thirty years, from the 1980s through today – WE LIVE IN BROOKLYN BABY – is a visual journey that brings together powerful, personal works by more than 30 photographers from across this proud borough, representing every aspect of Brooklyn’s diverse identity, heart and soul.

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