Vibrant Photos Capture Spirit Of 1980s New York City

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jamel Shabazz first took up photography at the age of 15, and went on to create a peerlessly vibrant record of the city in the 1980s.

c. 1980. A boy does a backflip on a mattress in a lot in Brooklyn.

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Drawing inspiration from the works of socially concerned photographers such as Gordon Parks and Leonard Freed, Shabazz roamed the streets and subways of New York, making both candid and effortlessly posed images of the city’s diverse denizens, especially black and Hispanic communities.

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1980. A man strikes a pose in Brooklyn.

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1980. A man poses with a boombox in Brooklyn.

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1980

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1981. Lawrence and Tee pose on a sidewalk in Brooklyn.

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1982. Men pose on the Lower East Side.

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1982. A man identified as Malik stands in front of posters in Harlem.

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1988

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1981

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1980. Two friends on the 2 train.

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1982. Men on the Lower East Side.

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1983. A portrait of a fellow photographer.

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1983

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1984. A father and son in downtown Brooklyn.

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1985. A Brooklyn man and his boombox.

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1985. A man poses for a portrait in Brooklyn.

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c. 1985

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A group portrait in Brooklyn.

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1986. A Brooklyn man poses for a portrait.

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1988. A model poses in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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1988. A man in downtown Brooklyn.

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1988. An off-duty police officer poses on his car on the Lower East Side.

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1988. A couple embrace in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

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