Jamel Shabazz: Pieces of a Man
Central Library, Foyer Gallery Cases
Memorabilia that has inspired this artist's passion for photography and writing.
My father—a professional photographer—has had the greatest in influence in my decision to pursue photography as a career option. As a child coming of age, I was always surrounded by a host of art and photography books from my father’s vast library, and viewing these types of books sparked my interest in the visual arts. Once my father took notice of this, he slowly introduced me to the craft by teaching me basic fundamentals, such as lighting, composition and developing. It is through his guidance that I developed a profound love and appreciation for photography.
Jamel Shabazz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of fifteen, Shabazz picked up his first camera and started to document his peers. He includes photographers Leonard Freed, James Van Der Zee, and Gordon Parks as sources of inspiration, and has since built a massive and diverse body of work. Shabazz has produced five monographs of his work, and has had solo exhibitions around the world, including Ethiopia, Canada, Japan, and various cities in the U.S. He has also worked as a teaching artist with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, the Bronx Museum-based Teen Council and the International Center of Photography, among others.
Photo credit © Koe Rodriguez
Please view Jamel Shabazz's online exhibition, Prospect Park - An Oasis in Brooklyn, on the Brooklyn Collection's website. Also, please visit Jamel Shabazz's exhibition, Reflections, in the Brooklyn Collection, on the 2nd floor at Central Library.