22 of the Best Black Photographers You Need to Know

Black History Month allows us to reflect. Along with photography, many fields and societies can ponder the stories of black communities around the world. For over a decade, The Phoblographer has had the honor of featuring some of the best black photographers in our industry. From street photography to portraiture, documentary to editorial, we’ve featured all types of genres and photographic stories coming from the black gaze.

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Jamel Shabazz Shares Wonderful Stories of His Iconic Photos

“What I discovered early on as a photographer was, that person who is dressed fashionably tend to be more open to being photographed,” explains Jamel Shabazz to us in an interview about these photos. “Having my Canon AE1 out and properly set, I approached them introducing myself and complimenting them on their beautiful look.” Mr. Shabazz is a legend who doesn’t need an introduction. We’ve featured him several times on The Phoblographer, and every time we do, his stories get better and better. 

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Two Legends Share the Best Time and Era to Shoot Candid Photography

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There’s a wonderful thing about candid photography that’s unique to those who have shot it for some time. Experienced photographers have had the opportunity to see society evolve and document it along the way. If you look back at how life was in the 70s, it is much different from life today. I’m still relatively new to shooting candidly, so I don’t have the authority to speak on how society has evolved. Thankfully, I know a couple of people that do. Let’s go!

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Jamel Shabazz Takes Us on the Fascinating Journey of His Illustrious Career

All images by Jamel Shabazz. Used with permission.

“The creative in me still burns and is very much alive,” says Jamel Shabazz. After 45 years of working in the photo industry, we’re pleased to see that passion has yet to die. During his career, Shabazz photographed the people of New York, released several photo books, and had dozens of exhibitions. Aside from his personal success, it’s what he’s done for others that we find most impressive. Shabazz regularly volunteers with large organizations, helping to inspire young people with photography. If anyone has given their all to the craft, it’s this man. And we’re thrilled to be able to speak to him about his illustrious career.

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Jamel Shabazz: On Black Photographers Through the Years

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All images by Jamel Shabazz. Used with permission.

Photographer Jamel Shabazz is legend. He’s best known for his work documenting people during the 1980s and 1990s in America; and part of that came from his will to connect with the people around him after his time in the Armed Forces. Indeed, Jamel came back home and felt that the people around him were at war.

A photographer like Jamel has seen a lot, been through a lot, and continues to work as a photographer even today. The Phoblographer interviewed him previously; and with Black History Month coming to an end, he’s an excellent person to talk to about how the industry has changed for Black Americans as a follow up to the interview done with Mrs. Draper-Winston–the sister of Louis Draper.

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Street Photographer Jamel Shabazz on Documenting a Culture in NYC

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All images shot by Jamel Shabazz. Used with permission.

Jamel Shabazz is one of New York’s most prolific street photographers. Characterized as a fashion shooter, street shooter, portrait shooter, and documentarian, Jamel has been published in galleries, books, magazines, and more all around the world. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY his work in the area earned him a notable spot in the recent documentary, Everybody Street. He even has a documentary about him. Currently, he is putting together a traditional coffee table book of his unpublished black and white images from 1980 to 2010.

We had some time to chat with the street legend about tips, NY life, and developing relationships with your subjects.

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