Jamel’s contributions to documentary photography are applauded the all over the world and in my humble opinion Brother Shabazz the is the Gordon Parks of my generation. I marveled at his work way before I knew his name. You have no idea how happy it made me feel to sit at a chess table in the middle of Brooklyn and kick it with some who has and still inspires me to do my best with my skill set every single day.
We met up in Dr. Ronald McNair Park across from the Brooklyn Museum to talk about growing up in Brooklyn, self publishing vs traditional publishing, his experience in the military, the summer of 1980, striving to capture images that say something profound, the importance of empathy, the crack era, giving back to the community and much much more.
As you are listening to this conversation, I highly recommend you pull up Jamel’s Instagram, website or flip through one of his many photography books as you listen. It will be a great reference to what we are talking about. I’ve provided links to it all at NewYorkSaid.com
Side note, we are in the middle of Brooklyn. So, there will be sirens, there will be interruptions and that’s what you get when you record outside in New York, it tends to want to be present right there with you.
That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.
More About Jamel Shabazz
Official Site – http://www.jamelshabazz.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jamelshabazz/
Shop for Books by Jamel Shabazz
Back in the Days – http://amzn.to/2f2MxIc
The Last Sunday June – http://amzn.to/2gcrRJJ
A Time Before Crack – http://amzn.to/2fNVx2W
Seconds of my Life – http://amzn.to/2gy0i1I
Pieces of a Man: Photography of Jamel Shabazz: 1980-2015 – http://www.artvoicesartbooks.com/shop/51k7s88fwm6869fxpfenq2lmkhj9yd
Links to the Stuff they Talked About
West Indian Parade – http://wiadcacarnival.org
Eastern Parkway – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Parkway
Brooklyn Museum – https://www.brooklynmuseum.org
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens – http://www.bbg.org
Powerhouse Books – http://www.powerhousebooks.com
Black In White America, a book by photojournalist Leonard Freed – http://n.pr/2fBF0fK
Alex Haley: The Playboy Interviews – http://amzn.to/2fBzdXB
Platoon (1986) – Rotten Tomatoes – http://bit.ly/2flyJna
Marvin Gaye (Song) – What’s Happening Brother – http://bit.ly/2gi63Oe
Luke Cage – http://bit.ly/2fZ2Jal
Puma – http://bit.ly/2fBArBT
Delancey Street – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delancey_Street
Riders Island – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delancey_Street
Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson – http://bit.ly/2gi5R1x
Short Eyes (Film) – http://bit.ly/2fnwIKR
Attica Correctional Facility – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attica_Correctional_Facility
Crack Cocaine – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crack_cocaine
Self Destruction (Song) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxyYP_bS_6s
The Central Park Five – http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/
Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video) – http://bit.ly/2fnInZN
Book of Eli – http://bit.ly/2ge0xyl
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture – https://nmaahc.si.edu
This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.