In his keynote speech at PhotoPlus Expo, Jamel Shabazz will discuss
how photographers can make the world a better place by creating
images that reflect tolerance and unity. In today’s political and social
climate, he feels, this is sorely needed. “I find that I cannot sit back
and be silent as these challenging situations seem to be worsening
with each new day, so I use social media to inform,” he says.
“Instagram, in particular, has provided me with a platform to lend my
voice to the world community.”
Born and raised in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Shabazz was inspired
to take photographs after seeing the book Black in White America
by Leonard Freed. “Those particular images of everyday people
celebrating life left a lasting impression on me,” he said. He was also
inspired by the work of James Van Der Zee, who captured groups of
people using the streets as a backdrop.
Since 1980, Shabazz has captured life in New York, and especially
in the city’s communities of color. His photographs have been
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Jamel Shabazz discusses the importance of
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published in five monographs, and
have appeared in countless exhibitions,
including at the Studio Museum in
Harlem. Shabazz was also the subject of
Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer, a
2013 documentary by Charlie Ahearn.
“So much of New York has changed,
especially since September 11, and there
are countless areas that I once knew so
well, that have since been transformed
almost entirely,” he says. Even still, his
photographs are reminders that New
York is as vibrant as ever—and that there
is always joy to be found in the city.
KEYNOTE: JAMEL SHABAZZ ON MAKING
PHOTOS, AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE
DATE/TIME: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 12:30;1: 30 PM
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