Sights in the City

United Photo Industries presents Sights in the City featuring Jamel Shabazz from May 4 to June 17, 2017, with an artist reception on Thursday, May 4, from 6 – 9pm.

Sights in the City

United Photo Industries | 16 MAIN STREET, GALLERY B | DUMBO

United Photo Industries presents Sights in the City featuring Jamel Shabazz from May 4 to June 17, 2017, with an artist reception on Thursday, May 4, from 6 – 9pm.

During the summer of 1980, under the direction of his photographer father, Jamel Shabazz armed himself with a Canon AE1 SLR camera and began to photograph the landscape of his native New York City. Photographing in the streets put Shabazz right in the heart of all of the action; he carried his camera everywhere he went, from Harlem to Times Square, the Lower East Side to downtown Brooklyn, always set and at the ready. Like a fisherman seeking a fruitful catch, Shabazz ventured into locations full of life and uncertainty in hopes of capturing a unique moment.

Consisting of color and black-and-white photographs taken between 1980 and 2016, many of which have never been published, Sights in the City is the testament of Shabazz’s visual journey.

Jamel Shabazz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of fifteen, he picked up his first camera and started to document his peers. Inspired by photographers Leonard Freed, James Van Der Zee, and Gordon Parks, he was marveled with their documentation of the African American community. In 1980 as a concerned photographer with a clear vision he embarked on a mission to extensively document various aspects of life in New York City, from youth culture to a wide range of social conditions. Due to its spontaneity and uniqueness, the streets and subway system became backdrops for many of his photographs.

Shabazz says his goal is to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture. In the past 10 years he has had over two dozen solo exhibitions; “Men of Honor”, “A Time Before Crack”, “Pieces of a Man”, “Represent”, "When Two Worlds Meet”, “Back in the Days,” and “Seconds of my Life,” which have been shown from Argentina to The Netherlands, England, Italy, Germany, France, Japan and throughout the United States.

About the Gallery

The United Photo Industries gallery, located at 16 Main St. #B, in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY, showcases a wide spectrum of compelling photographic work, from street photography to social documentary projects. We welcome and consider artists with streamlined series of works to present their portfolios for upcoming gallery shows during regularly announced calls for new work.

Founded in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, United Photo Industries has presented dozens of exhibitions and public art installations across the United States and worldwide in partnership with numerous festivals, city agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

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