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Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer

Charlie Ahearn’s Film Retraces a Moment in New York Style - Video 1 / / 3

As a teenage photographer in early 80s East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Jamel Shabazz set out to document the then nascent movement of hip-hop. Through the iconic style of his MCs, neighborhood kids and gang members, the unequivocal attitude of New York’s youth was recognized as the calling card of the city’s creative renaissance. Published in 2001, Shabazz’ first book Back In The Days was celebrated as an exhilarating snapshot of the times, and his visual flair has been brought to life in a new documentary by the legendary hip-hop historian and director, Charlie Ahearn.  “On the cover of Jamel’s book were two young men on 42nd Street. They were captured posing in such strong form as a kind of respectful bulwark against all the chaos that you see around them on ‘The Deuce,’” explains Ahearn, the notable filmmaker also responsible for the classic old-school movie, Wild Style. “I immediately knew that here was an original artist for our time.” [1]

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The script had a scene in Grand Central Station where Jeff Bridges’ character in kind of a mood and he hears this poor, black woman singing a beautiful song and he stops in the rush of his life and he asseses his situation.

Well, that was fine, and we were in Grand Central Station reccing it and I looked down from this raised area and I said “Ah, wouldn’t it be nice if in the middle of this rush hour - cause people were just running past each other- if, as they pass somebody, they glanced to their left or right, fell in love and started waltzing?”

I thought, “What a sweet idea that would be”.

Terry Gilliam on the origins of the waltz scene in ‘The Fisher King’

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Then comes the motherfuckin’ Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart. There were brothers playing motherfuckin’ African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can’t do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-motherfuckin’-sixty-eight, and the motherfuckin’ people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He’s not — he doesn’t even play electric bass! It’s acoustic! We bought the motherfuckin’ house in nineteen-sixty-motherfuckin’-eight and now you call the cops? In 2013? Get the fuck outta here!
Spike Lee talked about gentrification during the Q&A portion of a talk in Brooklyn last night and it gives me life (via christinefriar)

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guardian:

The New York subway photographs of Christopher Morris

This atmospheric series depicts the chaos and squalor of New York’s subway system in 1981, in all its graffitied glory. The then 22-year-old Christopher Morris – these days best known for his war photography – was interning at a photo agency. “I was new to New York, at the very start of my career, and I became mesmerised by the total urban decay, that was most visual with the subway system.” See more

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