Through the Lens of Jamel Shabazz

June 6, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — Photography gave Jamel Shabazz direction in life — straight to the young men and women he saw every day in parks, on stoops and on streets. When he started in the mid-1970s in Brooklyn’s Red Hook projects, his camera led him to what would become a remarkable chronicle of the early years of hip-hop style, complete with swaggering B-boys rocking shell-toe Adidas sneakers, fuzzy Kangol caps and thick black Cazal eyeglasses.

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