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THOSE PRICELESS DAYS: JAMEL SHABAZZ

Posted on May 14, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Back in the day when things were cool, hey – all we needed was bop-bop, bop-bop, bop-ba-domp.

This is the story of Jamel Shabazz, a Brooklyn man and most of all an African American documentary photographer. He has gained international recognition through his images collected nowadays in books, exhibitions, magazines. At the age of fifteen, Jamel picked up his first camera, a Kodad Instamatic and started documenting friends, family and his neighbourhood, the African American community. Years later, he purchased a Canon AE1 and embarked a journey that still continues nowadays. Shabazz story-told the emerging 80’s hip-hop scene before it became what’s  today: a multi-million-dollar industry. Gangs would battle not with guns  but by breakdancing and streets were the set for style. He was on the scene, taking pictures of  everyday people in Harlem, Queens, Brooklyn. Street style where subjects would strike a pose showing off Kangol caps and Gazelle glasses, Adidas and suede Puma sneakers, fat laces, leather jackets, gold chains, door-knocker earrings, name belts, boom boxes. And YES!..those things were cool..keep it real! …bop-bop, bop-bop, bop-ba-domp…

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BEING A REAL GRAND, GARY WINOGRAND

Posted on March 6, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Winogrand, has always been acknowledged as street photographer, known for his portraits of 60’s America. Influenced by Walker Evans, or Robert Frank, many of his photographs depicted the social issues of his time and the role of media in shaping attitudes. He wandered the streets of New York with his 35mm Leica camera rapidly taking photographs using a prefocused wide angle lens. Nowadays he is acknowledged as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, a major voice of America’s tumultuous 60’s decade. He photographed the rich and powerful and everyday strangers on the street, antiwar protesters and politicians, airports and zoos. In many of his pictures, humor and visual energy are the flip sides of an anxious instability. At the time of his death, at age 56, there was discovered about 2,500 rolls of undeveloped film, 6,500 rolls of developed but not proofed exposures, and contact sheets made from about 3,000 rolls. SFMOMA will host until june the 2nd an exhibition on this marvelous photographer. Time to discover him!

http://www.sfmoma.org/

March 09 – June 02, 2013

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