Photographer Interviews

The Heart of Jamel Shabazz: Making the World a Better Place Through Photography

April 10, 2017

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Jamel Shabazz

“The Original Retro Kids at 106 and Park Avenue, East Harlem,” 2010, from Sights in the City: New York Street Photography. Shabazz is driven by a desire to “contribute in some way to making the world a better place,” he says. Click to see more from his new book and recent assignments.

For more than 35 years, photographer Jamel Shabazz has been making photos driven by a mission “to inspire peace and harmony.” In 1980, he began photographing the lively streets of New York City, and the pride and energy of the teenagers he saw in his neighborhood. Interested in issues of social justice, poverty and conflict, he also wanted to balance...

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