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Kunsthal Rotterdam: STREET DREAMS How Hiphop Took over Fashion

In collaboration with the HipHopHuis and guest curator Lee Stuart, the Kunsthal Rotterdam presents an exhibition about hip-hop and its influence on fashion and lifestyle. Hip-hop is THE youth culture of choice, dominating the charts as well as the world-wide street scene – from a source of inspiration for high fashion brands to making sportswear more accepted for everyday attire.

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The Gordon Parks Foundation: Jamel Shabazz – Honor and Dignity

Jamel Shabazz is one of New York’s most innovative street photographers. For the past forty years, he has documented the cultural vibrancy of the city’s black and brown communities. This exhibition offers a concise view of Shabazz’s wide-ranging work, from photographs of musicians and teenagers radiating with hip-hop style to members of the military and participants in religious and political gatherings.

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Le Figaro: Pionnier du streetstyle

Il est rare dans les médias, s’est toujours tenu à l’écart de la mode et, pourtant, ses images continuent d’influencer les créateurs. L’Américain Jamel Shabazz est sorti dernièrement de sa réserve et a repris son appareil photo pour signer la campagne publicitaire des jeans Lee, inspirée de son livre de référence Back in The Days.

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Vice: The 2019 armory show

When photographer Jamel Shabazz, who grew up in Red Hook, gave us his ‘tips for surviving the subway,’ chief among them was to “Stay in your lane.” Shabazz’s glorious show at Galerie Bene Taschen does the opposite of this, his life affirming imagery rising to the top of the photography on show this year. 

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Kölner Stadtanzeiger: Magie der Unterwelt

Jamel Shabazz, 1960 in Brooklyn geboren, trug die Kamera als ständigen Begleiter durch sein Viertel und fotografierte das Leben um ihn herum mit stolz zur Schau getragener Entdeckungslust. Immer wieder stieg er dabei auch in die Subway hinab wie auf eine Bühne des urbanen Lebens und gab den Menschen Gelegenheit, sich vor seiner Kamera zu inszenieren.

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Sleek: The Brooklyn native capturing young commuters in ’80s New York

In City Metro, a new exhibition of Brooklyner Jamel Shabazz’s photography at Galerie Bene Taschen in Cologne, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York City (or simply known as the MTA in its environs) plays an instrumental role. But whether they are riding on the trains, sitting on the bus, or standing somewhere at the station, it’s the people rather than the vehicles that are the central focus. Some of them are unaware of the camera, whereas others look directly into Shabazz’s lens, but almost all of them are youthful. His spirited and charismatic subjects represent an accurate, historical slice of New York City’s vibrant and diverse communities from the early ’80s up to the present day, made apparent through the different clothing styles and bold graffiti (or lack of it). 

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Vice: Wie du richtig Metro fährst, laut Fotografie-Legende Jamel Shabazz

Wie schön es wäre, wenn sich endlich mal jemand die Mühe machen würde, eine funktionierende Zeitmaschine zu erfinden. Der erste Stopp wäre definitiv New York City in den Achtzigern. Als Basquiat und Keith Haring die Kunstszene okkupierten, Style Wars die Zukunft definierte, als sich im CBGB und Warhols Factory heutige Legenden versammelten, als Run-DMC auf Block-Partys spielten. Natürlich lief in der Politik und Gesellschaft einiges schief – die übersprudelnde Kulturszene kreierte in der Jugend jedoch einen hoffnungsvollen Eskapismus. Und genau in dieser Zeit nahm auch die Karriere des Fotografen Jamel Shabazz ihren Lauf.

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The Fashion Stories: Jamel Shabbaz, témoin de la mode et de la rue new-yorkaise

Jamel Shabazz a dépassé le statut de photographe. Depuis les années 70, il sillonne les rues de New York et capture avec son appareil les comportements urbains. Son art, à la limite de la sociologie, documente l’histoire de la ville, les courants vestimentaires et musicaux qui la traversent. Son point fort: être un des rares observateurs de la jeunesse multicolore new-yorkaise et du mouvement hip-hop depuis sa naissance. L’exposition City Metro à la Galerie Bene Taschen de Cologne lui rend hommage.

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Blouin ArtInfo: Jamel Shabazz’s “City Metro” at Galerie Bene Taschen, Cologne

Galerie Bene Taschen, Cologne, will be hosting New York photographer Jamel Shabazz’s exhibition titled “City Metro,” from December 8, 2018, through February 2, 2019.

About 30 works, created since the early 1980s, show a different side of the “Big Apple” beyond the prestigious avenues and dazzling Broadway. In the spirit of street photography, Shabazz’s works document passengers on the popular New York transit system, capturing their fashion, moods, and traveling companions.

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