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New York Said

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Teacher, sales associate, officer, tobacconist, rebel, MTA worker, artist, drifter - who? These are the people in your neighborhood. Hosted by Amon Focus, the New York Said podcast features in-depth artful conversations with people you don't often hear from, to hear things that aren't often shared (… read more


Jamel Shabazz - Striving to Capture Images that say something Profound and the Importance of Empathy

Today’s guest on the show is documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz.

Jamel’s contributions to documentary photography are applauded the all over the world and in my humble opinion Brother Shabazz the is the Gordon Parks of my generation. I marveled at his work way before I knew his name. You have no idea how happy it made me feel to sit at a chess table in the middle of Brooklyn and kick it with some who has and still inspires me to do my best with my skill set every single day.

We met up in Dr. Ronald McNair Park across from the Brooklyn Museum to talk about growing up in Brooklyn, self publishing vs traditional publishing, his experience in the military, the summer of 1980, striving to capture images that say something profound, the importance of empathy, the crack era, giving back to the community and much much more.

As you are listening to this conversation, I highly recommend you pull up Jamel’s Instagram, website or flip through one of his many photography books as you listen. It will be a great reference to what we are talking about. I’ve provided links to it all at 

Side note, we are in the middle of Brooklyn. So, there will be sirens, there will be interruptions and that’s what you get when you record outside in New York, it tends to want to be present right there with you.

That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Jamel Shabazz

Official Site -

Instagram -

Facebook -

Shop for Books by Jamel Shabazz

Back in the Days -

The Last Sunday June -

A Time Before Crack -

Seconds of my Life -

Pieces of a Man: Photography of Jamel Shabazz: 1980-2015 -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

West Indian Parade -

Eastern Parkway -

Brooklyn Museum -

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens -

Powerhouse Books -

Black In White America, a book by photojournalist Leonard Freed -

Alex Haley: The Playboy Interviews -

Platoon (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes -

Marvin Gaye (Song) - What's Happening Brother -

Luke Cage -

Puma -

Delancey Street -

Riders Island -

Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson -

Short Eyes (Film) -

Attica Correctional Facility -

Crack Cocaine -

Self Destruction (Song) -

The Central Park Five -

Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video) -

Book of Eli -

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

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