Brooklyn born and based Jamel Shabazz has been documenting New York City’s defining moments since the 1970s, when, inspired by the notion of concerned photography, he began to capture the vibrant individuals and social conditions occupying his own neighborhood of Red Hook and beyond. Since then, social consciousness has been a driving force in Shabazz’s imagemaking; from capturing characters on the city’s deteriorating subway system in the 1980s and documenting the rise of New York City’s hip-hop scene and Black youth culture, to his indelible imprint on street photography as well as nearly a dozen other critical bodies of work, Shabazz aims to amplify the beauty in his subjects and affirm the experiences of Black communities and youths. For this ICP Talk, Shabazz will discuss defining moments and photographs in his five-decade long career of photographing in the streets of New York as well as offer advice on seeking out your own defining moments with your camera.

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About the Program Format

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About the Series

ICP Talks: Lessons and Insights in Photography is a new online education program series presented by the International Center of Photography. Each three-part session invites leading photographers and educators to present work and ideas that excite and instruct on navigating all facets of the photographic community. Through lectures, conversations, and workshops, ICP Talks allows ICP's worldwide following to learn together, stay connected, and get inspired.

Speaker Bios

Jamel Shabazz is known for his photographs of New York during the 1980s. A documentary, fashion, and street photographer, he has authored nine monographs. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and his work is housed within the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Bronx Museum. Over the years, Shabazz has taught young students at the Studio Museum in Harlem’s “Expanding the Walls” Project, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Teen Curators program. Shabazz is the 2018 recipient of the Gordon Parks award for documentary photography.

David Campany is ICP’s managing director of programs, and a writer, editor, and curator.


Image: © Jamel Shabazz