Michael Thompson

Sean Combs, Emma Heming, Malibu (2001)

, 2011
  • Material
  • Production Method
    Signed, dated and numbered on the back.
  • Edition Size
  • Measurement
    12 in x 8.3 in
    (30,5 x 20,04 cm)
  • Details about the frame
    Handfinished, customized wooden frame, with museumsglass and mat, size of the frame: 41,6 x 31,6 cm. Ready to hang.
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About the Edition

The photograph “Street Photographers of Times Square” is an early piece by Jamel Shabazz: Four young African-American men pose in front of a hat shop — confidently, athletically and amiably. The positive representation of the young men defied the predominating stereotypical depictions of the black community back in the day, exemplifying both Jamel Shabazz’ political virtue as well as his brilliance.

About the Artist

Born in 1960 in Brooklyn, Jamel Shabazz’ career took off in the 1980s at a time when Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring reigned over New York’s art scene. Shabazz used his camera to capture life on the streets in the metropolis — most of his protagonists were adolescent African-Americans or Latinos — and became a significant documentarian of the black community and an inspiring role model for the subsequent generations of street and documentary photographers.

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