“The Flatbush section of Brooklyn during much of the 1980's was an area that I spent a lot of time documenting the diversity of the people and culture with my Canon AE1.

The streets of New York City with their unique aesthetics served as the primary backdrop for the majority of the photographs I have made over the …

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Since the 1980s, Jamel Shabazz has photographed vibrant New York City street scenes that capture Black joy and self-determination. The Brooklyn-born photographer began his creative work after returning from military service—he wanted to offer visual alternatives to the era’s prevailing media narratives about Black neighborhoods. Shabazz has exhibited at galleries in New York, London, Paris, and Milan, and his work belongs to multiple collections, including the Brooklyn Public Library, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Rubell Collection, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2018, he received the Gordon Parks Foundation Award. Shabazz collaborates with his subjects instead of taking journalistic candids; his pioneering frames are records of self-definition and a generous creative practice.

Selected exhibitions
2021
Aperture Pop-Up at Rockefeller CenterAperture Foundation
2019
Styles of Resistance: From the Corner to the CatwalkMoCADA
2017
Jamel Shabazz: Crossing 125thThe Studio Museum in Harlem
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Styling & Profiling, Flatbush, Brooklyn, 1980

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10 × 8 in
25.4 × 20.3 cm
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“The Flatbush section of Brooklyn during much of the 1980's was an area that I spent a lot of …

Medium
Signature
Hand-signed by artist

Since the 1980s, Jamel Shabazz has photographed vibrant New York City street scenes that capture Black joy and self-determination. The Brooklyn-born photographer began his creative work after returning from military service—he wanted to offer visual alternatives to the era’s prevailing media narratives about Black neighborhoods. Shabazz has exhibited at galleries in New York, London, Paris, and Milan, and his work belongs to multiple collections, including the Brooklyn Public Library, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Rubell Collection, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2018, he received the Gordon Parks Foundation Award. Shabazz collaborates with his subjects instead of taking journalistic candids; his pioneering frames are records of self-definition and a generous creative practice.

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