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Jamel Shabazz shares his Journey to Documentary Photography

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Today’s guest on the show is documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz.

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 and giving back to the community.

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

  1. Official Site – http://www.jamelshabazz.com
  2. Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jamelshabazz/
  3. Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Jamel-Shabazz-16841597946/

Shop for Books by Jamel Shabazz

  1. Back in the Days – http://amzn.to/2f2MxIc
  2. The Last Sunday June – http://amzn.to/2gcrRJJ
  3. A Time Before Crack – http://amzn.to/2fNVx2W
  4. Seconds of my Life – http://amzn.to/2gy0i1I
  5. Pieces of a Man: Photography of Jamel Shabazz: 1980-2015 – http://www.artvoicesartbooks.com/shop/51k7s88fwm6869fxpfenq2lmkhj9yd

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

  1. West Indian Parade – http://wiadcacarnival.org
  2. Eastern Parkway – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Parkway
  3. Brooklyn Museum – https://www.brooklynmuseum.org
  4. Brooklyn Botanical Gardens – http://www.bbg.org
  5. 55 Stunning Botanical Gardens You Really Need to See Before You Die – https://www.sproutabl.com/gardening/botanical-gardens/
  6. Powerhouse Books – http://www.powerhousebooks.com
  7. Black In White America, a book by photojournalist Leonard Freed – http://n.pr/2fBF0fK
  8. Alex Haley: The Playboy Interviews – http://amzn.to/2fBzdXB
  9. Platoon (1986) – Rotten Tomatoes – http://bit.ly/2flyJna
  10. Marvin Gaye (Song) – What’s Happening Brother – http://bit.ly/2gi63Oe
  11. Luke Cage – http://bit.ly/2fZ2Jal
  12. Puma – http://bit.ly/2fBArBT
  13. Delancey Street – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delancey_Street
  14. Riders Island – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delancey_Street
  15. Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson – http://bit.ly/2gi5R1x
  16. Short Eyes (Film) – http://bit.ly/2fnwIKR
  17. Attica Correctional Facility – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attica_Correctional_Facility
  18. Crack Cocaine – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crack_cocaine
  19. Self Destruction (Song) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxyYP_bS_6s
  20. The Central Park Five – http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/
  21. Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video) – http://bit.ly/2fnInZN
  22. Book of Eli – http://bit.ly/2ge0xyl
  23. Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture – https://nmaahc.si.edu

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

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Greg Miller talks Painting, Westerns, Surf Culture and The Wild Bunch

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Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

Greg Miller and Amon met up in Chelsea to converse about painting, westerns, surf culture and his participation in the The Wild Bunch exhibition at the JoAnne Artman Gallery.

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Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

 

 

Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

 

 

Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

 

Artist Statement

Drawing from the diverse cultural and geographic makeup of his Californian roots, Greg Miller explores his relationship with the space he inhabits to communicate a particular urban experience. Working with both paint and collage, he constructs and deconstructs exploring the contradiction, ambiguity, and truth between urban streetscape and history.

Miller’s art is clever and cool. His abstracted backgrounds of drips, patterns, and phrases and the peeling back of layers provide a study in the impermanence of the things that surround us. His large-scale paintings and installations aim to make the most fleeting parts of American culture tangible. They grab us nostalgically, rousing us to enjoy the momentary beauty found in the impermanent parts of our lives. There is a fragile heroicness conveyed within the temporary nature of it all, especially within his construction of paper, wood, and natural materials, that gives Miller’s work liveliness and depth.

Greg Miller’s work is featured in numerous museum and private collections that have traveled internationally including those organized by the Charles Saatchi Collection and the Frederick R. Weisman Collection. The Get Go, a volume of his writings, photography and paintings, was published in 2010, and the first comprehensive monograph on the artist, Signs of the Nearly Actual, was published in 2008.

Miller spends his time between New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

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Stephen Wilkes talks Passion, Magic and his documentary film Jay Myself

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Stephen Wilkes (L) and Jay Maisel (R). Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

 

Today’s guest on the show is artist, photographer and first time director Stephen Wilkes.  Stephen is well known for his photographs of Ellis Island, Bethlehem Steel as well as being the creator of the panoramic photo-series Day To Night. Stephen is also the director of the new documentary film Jay Myself now playing at Film Forum. If you enjoyed last week’s episode with Jay Maisel then you’re going to love this conversation.

Big Love and Shout Out to Susan Norget Film Promotion

Stephen Wilkes (L) and Jay Maisel (R). Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Stephen Wilkes (L) and Jay Maisel (R). Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

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Keep Up to Date with Stephen Wilkes

Website: https://stephenwilkes.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/swilkesphoto

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephenwilkes/

 

Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

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Show Notes

JAY MYSELF -Official Trailer

Production companies: Mind Hive Films, Crooked Mile
Distributor:Oscilloscope
Director:
Stephen Wilkes
Screenwriter:Josh Alexander
Producers:
Henry Jacobson, Emma Tammi, Bette Wilkes
Executive producers:Stephen Wilkes, Jennie Wilkes, Michael Hirschmann
Directors of photography:
Stephen Wilkes,Jason Greene
Editor:Armando Croda
Composer:
Joel Goodman
Co-Executive Producer: Doug Blush
Additional Editing: Daniel Haworth
Music Supervisor:
Jonathan Finegold
Shout out to Chris!

Bethlehem Steel, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Bethlehem Steel, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Coney Island, New York, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Coney Island, New York, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

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Jay Maisel talks 65 Years of Shooting Photography

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Jay Maisel in his Brooklyn Studio // Photography by Stephen Wilkes

Jay Maisel and Amon met up for a fireside chat deep in the heart of midtown Manhattan. In this episode they talk about light, color, gesture, Arthur Miller, cigars, buying the “The Bank” also known as 190 Bowery, shooting 65 years worth of photography, editing and a new documentary by Stephen Wilkes called Jay Myself.

 

Big Love and Shout Out to Susan Norget Film Promotion

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Stay Up to Date with Jay Maisel

Website: https://www.jaymaisel.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaymaisel/

See the Film, Jay Myself: Film Forum

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Show Notes

 

"'Miles

  • “If you are not your own severest critic then you are your own worst enemy” Jay Maisel Quote
  • The difference between looking and seeing
  • Disassembling 190 Bowery
  • Drama vs. problem
  • Stephen Wilkes– Director & Photographer
  • Stephen Wilkes Website
  • Bob Kato– Professor & Art Director
  • Walk Slow
  • “It is not how much ground you cover it is what you see, it is what you look at…” Jay Maisel Quote
  • The Mercedes
  • New Yorkers are very kind
  • Almost New York
  • “New York is Manhattan.” Jay Maisel Quote
  • Rent in New York
  • Easier to live in New York
  • Milgrim Department Store
  • Jack Klein- Broker
  • Jasper Johns– American painter, sculptor and printmaker
  • Robert Indiana– Artist
  • Robert Rauschenberg– American painter and graphic artist
  • Provident Loan Society
  • Katz Delicatessen
  • Do you have more like this?
  • The best view of NY
  • I never took it for granted
  • St. Patrick’s Day 1966

 

"'First

 

"'Girl

  • “I want to make the poem out of the evidence.” – Arthur Miller Quote
  • Arthur Miller– American playwright, essayist
  • Composition and Framing
  • William Albert Allard– Photographer
  • Twining
  • Gesture
  • “Learn to see what is actually in front of you.” – Jay Maisel Quote
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • Ayn Rand– Russian American Writer and philosopher

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