Jamel Shabazz

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Jamel Shabazz
Brooklyn, New York
OccupationDocumentary photographer
Years active1980's-present
Known forBack in the Days

Jamel Shabazz (born in Brooklyn, New York) is an African-American, fashion, fine art, and documentary photographer. Shabazz has gained international recognition through his various books, exhibitions, and editorial magazine works.


His photographs have appeared in the 2007 documentary film Planet B-Boy[1] and such exhibitions as the 2008 "Street Art Street Life: From the 1950s to Now" in the Bronx Museum of the Arts[2] and as the album cover art for the 2011 hip hop album Undun by The Roots. Shabazz also appeared in the Cheryl Dunn 2010 documentary Everybody Street, "about photographers who have used New York City street life as a major subject in their work".[3] In 2008, curator Shantrelle Lewis paid homage to Shabazz with "The Shoot Out: A Lonely Crusade, Homage to Jamel Shabazz".[vague]

In an interview with Nation19 Magazine entitled "The Mathematics of Photography", Jamel said he embraced shooting analog film and digital formats.[4]

In 2016 Shabazz was portrayed by Cedric Benjamin in the second episode of Luke Cage. A fictionalized version of Shabazz appears in a flashback where he meets street thug Pop and his companions Cornell Stokes and Fredo Diaz, and asked them to pose for a picture, which they agreed to. In the following years, Pop kept a copy of the photo with him.[5][better source needed]


  1. ^ IMDB
  2. ^ Holland Carter (September 11, 2008). "Finding Art in the Asphalt". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  3. ^ Everybody Street, Rollo Romig, 8 September 2010, The New Yorker (retrieved 24 January 2012)
  4. ^ "The Mathematics of Photography". Issuu. Nation19 Magazine. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Luke Cage" Code of the Streets (TV Episode 2016), retrieved 2017-06-08

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