October 11, 2007  |  art, Feature, NYC, Origins of Style, Photography  |  Comments Off

jamel047.jpg Urban photographer JAMEL SHABAZZ has been capturing some of New York's most powerful street images for over 30 years now, so it's a fitting tribute that on the eve of the release of his new career-spanning coffee table book, "Seconds of My Life," POWERHOUSE BOOKS has staged a retrospective art show at their Brooklyn-based gallery, the POWERHOUSE ARENA. Having worked as a NYC corrections officer for twenty years, the 47-year-old artist remains remarkably unjaded and has always sought to capture the life in his subjects from criminals and rappers, to politicians and children, with an uncanny eye for the humanity in all. On exhibit alongside Shabazz's tour-de-force is "Black in White America," an overview of the artist whose work inspired Shabazz to pick up a camera in the first place, celebrated photojournalist LEONARD FREED. Speaking with Shabazz before the show's opening was PowerHouse publisher SARA ROSEN who conducted the following interview:

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