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Photographic memory: A historical look at Brooklyn with Jamel Shabazz

Jamel Shabazz and Wes Jackson at Brooklyn Historical Society

By Nichelle Henry - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

Make art: Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz has made a career out of photographing urban life in the borough and beyond.  Photo by Jamel Shabazz

Make art: Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz has made a career out of photographing urban life in the borough and beyond. Photo by Jamel Shabazz


If you want a street-level view of Brooklyn’s history, just take a look through Jamel Shabazz’s photo albums.

For the past 30 years, the photographer has documented urban life and culture both in Brooklyn and beyond through the lens of his camera. In particular, Shabazz is renowned for capturing African-American communities in New York City through the 1980s and ’90s, a topic he will discuss in an on-stage conversation at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Feb. 20.
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“I plan to speak about growing up in Brooklyn during the 1970s and ’80s and how the crack epidemic transformed communities, contributing to the mass incarceration of people,” said Shabazz.

Shabazz was born in the Red Hook Houses and raised in Flatbush. The son of a photographer, his curiosity with the medium began early, at age 15.

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