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Jamel Shabazz

Visual Medicine

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Jamel Shabazz grew up in the 1960s in Brooklyn. His father was a professional photographer. The presence of photography at home inspired Jamel also to develop a passion for it.
In our FotoTV. interview he talks about the crack epidemic in Brooklyn early 80s and his strong desire to educate his people about the dangers of drugs. He recounts how he was taught with camera technique by his father. And the audience learns about Shabazz's career in the correction department, which in turn motivated him to use his photography as a visual medicine for helping people in prison and on the street to think and giving them hope.
In his view artists have responsibility for the world. They should strive to creatively serve the truth.