Legendary New York-based way, documentary and street photographer Jamel Shabazz has been searching the stages of New York City for about 40 years now, reflecting its lifestyles, humors, manners, and social battles. Jamel Shabazz’s duty extends far beyond photography, it is pure sociological documentation which has immortalized decades of New York City’s culture.
In the early ’8 0s, Shabazz borrowed his mother’s inexpensive point and shoot camera, and with merely the basic knowledge of the ship he learned from his professional photographer father-god, started his photographic journey beginning with close friends and schoolmates. He objective up attaining the Big Apple his set, telling honest and uncovered legends through authentic images.
What better lane to capture the city’s vibrancy and diversity than starting where nationalities, cultures, and identities meet, the city’s lifeline- the metro. “The overwhelming majority of subjects I photographed have been complete strangers who I would gratify during my numerous jaunts on the civilize. I focused my lens on everything from students, police officer, the homeless, entertainers, and everyday people running about their business of the working day, ” Jamel Shabazz told Bored Panda .
In celebration of his effort, the Galerie Bene Taschen in Cologne( Germany) will be hosting his duty ‘City Metro, an investigate of New York City’s transit system through the eyes of Shabazz’ until February 2, 2019. The show contains 30 photograph that portrays his incredible endowment to integrate himself into urban living and captivate its unfiltered spirit.
“What I like most about the photo shoots, is meeting new friends and freezing historic and meaningful times in time. So many of the people I photographed 30 -4 0 years ago may have initially been unfamiliar to me, but as hour would overtake many of them became close friends, some even became love concerns, “ said Shabazz.