Perspectives: A Conversation led by Jamel Shabazz

Perspectives: A Conversation led by Jamel Shabazz

Featuring: Soraya Matos, Donato Di Camillo, and Michael McCoy

Moderated by

Jamel Shabazz


Photoville Talks at St. Ann’s Warehouse are produced by United Photo Industries and supported in part by PhotoWings and the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Sunday, September 15 | 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse


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. They have covered topics from albinism to post-traumatic stress. Join this panel discussion with Jamel and three photographers, Soraya Matos, Donato Di Camillo, and Michael McCoy, whose work is included in the exhibition.

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Soraya Matos is a travel, lifestyle, and culture photographer based in San Francisco, Cali., but often found elsewhere.

More than a traveler of the globe, she is an explorer of ideas, using photography to document the full spectrum of the human experience, while making us wonder about our society in an ever-expanding, interconnected world.

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Donato Di Camillo was born the lone son of Italian immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York. He suffered behavioral problems as a child, moving in and out of institutions and jails after being expelled from school at age 16.

He taught himself photography after serving a federal prison sentence in Virginia. He first photographed bugs, plants, and anything else within 120 feet of his domicile, as restricted under an order of home confinement.

His work now focuses on people, and it has been featured in multiple publications and news sources around the world, including the BBC, The Washington Post, CBC, and Huffington Post.

His first collection is slated for publication in late 2019. He currently resides in Staten Island.

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Michael McCoy I like to think of myself as a storyteller through photography, and my camera lens offers a concrete expression that will transcend time. My passion for photography came in my early years, and it has allowed me to identify and navigate the subtle nuances that make each person unique. Catching them at just the right moment produces exquisite works of art that will be cherished forever. My photographs have been described as engaging, affectionate, insightful and alluring.

My entire life has been dominated by my passion for photography. From the minute I picked up a camera, I was captivated. I love telling the story about the relationships between individuals; capturing those special moments of joy and contentment. Whether it’s a congressional hearing, portrait assignment, or breaking news, I like to capture the in-between moments that are the most candid and authentic.

Over the years I’ve worked successfully in every kind of setting: on Capitol Hill, parks, historic locations, on city streets, in churches, you name it. I’ve also been able to use my skills as a photojournalist to capture the powerful, emotional moments during the Black Lives Matters protests, and the protests surrounding the Freddie Gray case.

A list of Michael’s clients, and his work has been seen in the following publications: Reuters, The Washington Post, The Washington Post Magazine, AARP, Rotary Club, Behavioral Health System Baltimore, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Getty Images, NBC News, ABC News, MSN, Afro Punk, The Rotarian Magazine, AARP, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, and Channel News Asia just to name a few.

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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 ten 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.

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