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Photography Masterclass with Featured Artist Jamel Shabazz

Virtual; $10 general public, $5 for members
  • About This Program

    This is a virtual event.

    Open to beginner and intermediate photographers, legendary photographer Jamel Shabazz brings over 40 years of experience to this hour-long session.

    Jamel Shabazz has photographed the people of New York City through good times and crises. Join him and explore your voice as an artist, build upon basic photography principles and learn the tools you will need to become a professional photographer. Shabazz will discuss the importance of documenting family and the larger community along with his personal process and other strategies to capture this important work.

    Designed for beginning and intermediate photographers – from teenagers and college students to seniors – Shabazz will share examples from his work and those who have inspired him to help you capture lasting images

    This masterclass is presented by PNC.

  • About The Teaching Artist

    Jamel Shabazz is a rare photographer whose work stands as a testament to the lived experiences of Black people in America for over 40 years.

    The son of a veteran, Shabazz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He picked up his first camera at the age of 15 and soon after began photographing his friends and relatives. As Shabazz's practice evolved, the streets and the New York City subway system also became the backdrop for many of his photographs.

    Shabazz has stated that his goal is to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture. His current exhibition at the Gantt Center, Reflections of a People: Photographs from the Archive of Jamel Shabazz, offers a glimpse into a past time and place, capturing moments of Black life for future generations.

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