Jamel Shabazz

Born in 1960 in New York.
Lives and works in New York.

Jamel Shabazz grew up on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn, 80s. Violent rival street gangs, drugs, and arrests were part of the city’s dark fabric gave rise to his deep sense of empathy and an urge to show a different perspective. From the age of 15, picking up a camera gave Shabazz a sense of purpose: “It allowed me an opportunity to have a voice and use my voice in a way that can inspire love and unity.”  Driven to help people in his community to stay out of trouble, he spent his free time as a proactive street photographer searching for and spreading hope. His iconic images capture the lifestyle and vibrant energy of the time like no other.

Education
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