Tobi Haslett has written about art, film, and literature for n+1, the New Yorker, Artforum, and elsewhere.

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The City Strikes a Pose

Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographers of Times Square Pose for a Photo during Some Down Time, Times Square, 1982

Jamel Shabazz is a kind of anti-Walker Evans. Born in Brooklyn in 1960, he has documented New York street life, largely in the city’s black neighborhoods, with a cheerful guilelessness. A new collection of his work from his beginnings in 1980 to the present, displays Shabazz’s wish to honor and flatter, to fashion touching tributes to a certain kind of black, urban life.