Opening Reception: Jamel Shabazz and Leonard Freed @ PowerHouse Arena

What: Jamel Shabazz and Leonard Freed – Opening Reception
When: Friday, October 5, 2007, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Exhibition through Nov 11)
Where: PowerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., Brooklyn , NY 11201

Seconds Of My Life by Jamel Shabazz
“Jamel Shabazz’s work has appeared in publications such as The Source, Vibe, Trace, British Elle, Jalouse, Dune, GQ, and French Vogue. In addition, his photographs have been exhibited in Hip-Hop Nation: Roots, Rhymes, and Rage at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, at Xhibiton Transition in Chicago, and at Trace Magazine: True Signs in Paris. Shabazz is a Teaching Artist with Rush Arts Foundation, where he mentors at-risk youth. He is a philanthropist who supports organizations like The Harlem Art Project, The Queens Council on the Arts, and Project Hope. He has published four books with powerHouse: the forthcoming October 2007 release Seconds of My Life, as well as Back in the Days, A Time Before Crack, and Last Sunday in June (2001, 2005, and 2003). Shabazz was born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in 1960.”

Black In White America by Leonard Freed
“One of America’s great photojournalists, Leonard Freed was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, NY. As a young man he studied painting and graphic design. Although he originally intended on becoming a painter, he became interested in photography after studying with the influential art director Alexey Brodovitch. One of his first bodies of photographs was a study of Hasidic Jews living in Brooklyn in 1954. He showed the work to Life Magazine who introduced him to Cornell Capa, and Capa, in turn, introduced him to Magnum. Freed moved to Europe in 1956 and began working on assignments for publications including Paris-Match, GEO, London Sunday Times Magazine, and Der Stern.”