What a story! Charlie Hearn cannily does for Jamel Shabazz, what Mr Shabazz does for others. He gets out of the way of the subject revealing a bit of himself before the camera. Mr Shabazz is a man following a creative vein, discovering himself through a journey that photographically captures the essence of a people, time and a place signifying and resonating with the maturity of his soul.
The vibes and symbolism of the art perfected over three decades of honing his craft, pops out of each image with shimmering bursts of recognition even as the real meaning nestles in an easy groove that understates it's truth.
Jamel Shabazz has become the man and artist that he is by simply connecting to the heart of people, and continually reaffirming how beautiful life is. And amid the noise, funk and dross that could be disenchanting he discovers and reveals a treasure worth more that gold. Mining the intrinsic value of the lives photographed, Mr Shabazz permits his subjects to open just wide enough, in a singular moment, for his ready lens to capture. His art unveils layers of truth of the artist, his subjects and their undimmed glory. This movie is beautiful!