Thanks to my dear friend, the coolest Miss Elisabeth Aare. She’s the one who showed me this incredible photo book. I love it. More from Jamel Shabazz to come.
This is his bio from his official website: www.jamelshabazz.com
Jamel Shabazz has been documenting the « Urban Life » for over 30 years. Born and raised in Brookly, NY, he picked up his first camera at the age of 15 and proceeded to record the world around him.
Jamel has dran inspiration from the great James Van der Zee, Gordon Pars, Robert Capa, Chester Higgins and Eli Reed. The author of 3 monographs, « Back in the Days », « the Last Sunday in June » and « Time before Crack ». He is presentrly working on his fourth book entitled « the 90’s ».
A 20 year veteran of the NY City department of correction, Jamel is dedicated to mentoring youth, both in the field of photography and career planning.
Shabazz is a volunteer with the RUSH ARTS PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION, which is an organization that is geared towards exposing inner city youth to the arts.
In addition, Jamel has worked with the Studio Museum in Harlem’s « expanding the walls’ project, a workshop focused on teaching youth the connection between photography, history and community.
He has recentrly worked with the organization « plays for a living », another community base organization dedicated towards the well being of young people. The theme of the project was « compassion »and he used his photographs to inspire and educate on that subject matter.
Jamel Shabazz is a philanthropist, whose recent donations aided the Harlem Art Project, the Queens council on the Arts, Project Hope, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Rush Philanthropic foundation.
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These artists are some of the most prominent names in dance music worldwide. I really enjoy listening to their sounds as well as their videos.
Mondo Grosso – BLZ (Blaze It Up) featuring Blu
Fantastic Plastic Machine – Take Me To The Disco
Director: Takeshi Nakamura
Takeshi Murakami – Louis Vuitton “Superflat Monogram”
Towa Tei – Mind Wall featuring Miho Hatori (Ex. Cibo Matto)
Album: Big Fun
Director: Takeshi Nakamura
Towa Tei & Kylie Minogue – GBI (German Bold Italic)
Album: Flash (2005)
Director: Stéphane Sednaoui
Ken Ishii – Extra
Director: Koji Morimoto
Classiquai – Beat In Love
I must confess that I’ve addicted to music video for such a long time.
I even used to watch music television for days and write down all titles, album titles, director’s names on my little ‘nerd’book.
Here are some videos that I really like. It’s changed the way I think about art as well…I think.
The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up.
Album: The Fat Of The Land (1997)
Directed by Jonas Åkerlund
This is too great to be banned!
Portishead – Only You
Album: Dummy (1994)
Directed by Chris Cunningham
Scarily Beautiful. Stunning Visual.
The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
Album: Surrender (1999)
Directed by Michel Gondry
Bjork – Cocoon
Album: Vespertine (2001)
Directed by Eiko Ishioka
So many videos to choose from this awesome video queen. She’s the one who makes video that I can 100% called ‘art’.
Fiona Apple – Criminal
Album: Tidal (1996)
Directed by Mark Romanek
At the very first time I saw this video, I knew that this girl is for real. And she really is. And she’s become my no.1 favorite artist since then.
Not only I like them because of they’re all damn gorgeous, but these pictures are really well taken.