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Back in the Days Hardcover – October 1, 2001
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Mr. Shabazz’s photography is utterly pedestrian. There is the backdrop of pre-gentrified New York in his pictures, but that is about all of interest there. Beyond that, his subjects strike the same remarkably unremarkable and virtually interchangeable poses as they mug the camera for his shots. Most are clearly delighted to be the center of attention in these exercises. This is not in itself unique in the New York street photography. But contract the feigned dramatic stances that appear again and again in Mr. Shabazz’s pictures with the youths diving off embankments into the City’s rivers in Arthur Leipzig’s series of “East River Divers” from the 1940s. They, too, are delighted to have the photographer’s attention; but they are actually living the life they live in those photos, not mugging the camera.
Mr. Shabazz’s photos here are noteworthy in one respect despite, or rather because, of their pedestrian aesthetic. They express the moment when the popular culture became fully assimilated into the tropes of celebrity and when “being famous for being famous” became aspirational.Read more ›
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Genuine, raw account of a specific time and place in NYC. Great addition to your collection if you're interested in photography/ art books. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by H. Paiz
You have to cop this for your collection. The visuals are great.. it takes you back to a fading era. I remember the stripped lees and suede pumas.Published on December 22, 2012 by 20grand
A great wander down memory lane for those who went through their wonder years in the late 70's through early 80's. I just wish this retrospective was longer! Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by Nor'easter