|NEW YORK DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER JAMEL SHABAZZ TO MENTOR STUDENTS AT JAMES LYNG HIGH SCHOOL|
MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 – James Lyng High School in St. Henri has recently been branded an Urban Arts School. What better way to launch of this newly integrated Media Arts course than to have world renowned documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz (www.jamelshabazz.com) offer a workshop to Secondary V students.
Jamel Shabazz has been documenting the “Urban Life” for over 30 years. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY he picked up his first camera at the age of 15 and proceeded to record the world around him. He has drawn inspiration from the great James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Robert Capa, Chester Higgins and Eli Reed.
The author of three monographs - Back in the Days, The Last Sunday in June and A Time Before Crack - he is presently working on his fourth book, entitled “The 90’s.”
Shabazz is dedicated to mentoring youth, both in the field of photography and career planning. He is a volunteer with the Rush Arts Philanthropic Foundation, which is an organization that is geared toward exposing inner city youth to the arts. In addition, he has worked with the Studio Museum in Harlem’s “Expanding The Walls” project, a workshop focused on teaching youth the connection between photography, history, and community.
The workshop at James Lyng High School will take place on Thursday October 9 from 2:30pm-3:30pm.
Michael J. Cohen