Jamel Shabazzis a street/hip-hop photographer who is also the most recent recipient of the Gordon Parks award. A time before the crack epidemic is very close to Jamel’s heart. Having been a corrections officer during his initial period of photography he saw the devasting toll crack and AIDS had on his community. Not only in the streets but in the jails cells as well. He took it upon himself to make sure there were positive representations of people that were not being seen. Erik Nielsen: When did music become a part of your photographic process? Jamel Shabazz: Wow. I have to […]
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