Jamel Shabazz is best known for his iconic photographs of New York City during the 1980s. A documentary, fashion, and street photographer, he has authored nine monographs, and contributed to over three dozen photography-related books. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and his work is housed within the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Over the years, Shabazz has instructed young students at the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Expanding the Wallsproject, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture “Teen Curators” program, and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Shabazz is the 2018 recipient of the Gordon Parks award and a member of the African American photography collective, Kamoinge. His stated goal as an artist is to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture.