Jamel Shabazz (*1960) grew up on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn and since picking up his first camera at the age of fifteen, he has been visually representing urban life in New York. He has made
a name for himself by capturing some of the most aura-induced and iconic images of the 80s, depicting a time of transition and the emergence of a new lifestyle and culture whose relevance still persists today. As one of the key people to immortalize New York over recent decades, Shabazz’s quintessential and mesmerizing work continues to influence international fashion trends and global youth culture to this day. With multiple successful publications to his name, Shabazz’s work has been acquired by leading institutions such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.
1985 – 1987 John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York
Selected Public Collections
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York
Brooklyn Public Library, New York
Fashion Institute of Technology – Fine Art, New York