Jamel Shabazz – Press

The J. Paul Getty Museum: ICONS OF STYLE A CENTURY OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY, 1911-2011

Why do some fashion photographs transcend their commercial character to function as works of art, while others do not? In part, the answer lies in the ability of a fashion photograph to reflect two or more worlds: the perfect world inside the frame—where youth, beauty, and luxury reign supreme—and the harsh realities of the world outside it. The best fashion photographs remind us of other works of art or expand the boundaries of the genre, redefining what a fashion photograph is supposed to do, or be.

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L’oeil de la Photographie – New York in the 1980s, as seen by three brilliant photographers

This selection of photographs by American photographers Arlene Gottfried, Jamel Shabazz, and German photographer Miron Zownir, focus on the theme of New York in the 1980s. Through black and white, as well as colored photographs, the three photographers provide viewers with insights on the different milieus of the city. Each with their own perspectives of the megapolis, they document the…

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Sleek Magazine – Reflections From The 80s

As a young man growing up in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighbourhood, Jamel Shabazz witnessed some of the most monumental occasions in recent American history: the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the birth of hip hop and later, the crack epidemic that took the lives of several of his subjects. At 15, Shabazz learned from his father how to bear that witness from behind the camera, a skill that led him to capture the iconic images in “Reflections from the 80s” now on display at the Hardhitta Gallery in Cologne, Germany.

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AnOther Mag – Reflections From 80s New York

Who? Born in 1960, American photographer Jamel Shabazz was raised on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn in the midst of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war. He was frequently exposed to violent and disturbing imagery during his formative years, but at the age of 15 discovered a means of escapism when he picked up a camera and began to document his own view of the world.

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Harpers Bazaar – New York Stories

Als 15-Jähriger begann Jamel Shabazz Mitte der Siebziger, sein Umfeld in Brooklyn zu fotografieren: Mit einer Canon-Kamera dokumentierte er seine Nachbarn, die afroamerikanischen Jugendlichen auf der Straße, ihre sozialen Lebensumstände und Kleidungsstile sowie die dort aufstrebende Hip-Hop-Kultur. Seine Bilder zeigen die Dynamik auf den Straßen New Yorks in den späten Siebziger und Achtziger Jahren so unmittelbar und authentisch, wie man sie selten zuvor gesehen hat. Die Ausstellung „Jamel Shabazz: Reflections from the 80’s“, die seit dieser Woche in Köln läuft, ist daher ein Muss für alle, die New York lieben. Und natürlich auch für alle Hip-Hop-Fans.

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