Jamel Shabazz has been documenting urban life for over 30 years. It’s not really surprising then that he is one of the most well-known photographers of the New York streets. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he started taking pictures at 15 using the world around him as his subject. Shabazz’s work has appeared in French Vogue, The Source, Vibe, Trace, British Elle and GQ. Today he’s on a mission to teach youngsters everything he knows about photography in the hope of steering them towards a prosperous future. Besides that, he has also managed to put together four great books: Back In The Days, The Last Sunday In June, A Time Before Crack and Seconds of My Life. The latter takes you back to about 25 years ago, representing human life around the globe, while A Time Before Crack is all about the drug wars that destroyed families and the lives of those affected by violence and addiction. Shabazz is very consistent in docu- menting robust personalities of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, sexualities and backgrounds. All his books have one thing in common: a passion and curiosity for human beings. Bring it on!
Check out www.jamelshabazz.com for more information about his works. Books are available through publisher Powerhouse Books.