Jamel Shabazz: On the Streets

20 Oct 2018 – 21 Oct 2018

Event times

Saturday and Sunday, October 20 - 21, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., both days

Cost of entry

Tuition for this two-day workshop is $500 and includes lunch and light refreshments for both days.

Currently enrolled students and Aperture Members at the $250 level and above receive a 10% discount on workshop tuition. Please contact for a discount code. Students will need to provide proper documentation of enrollment.

Aperture Foundation

New York
New York, United States


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Join Jamel Shabazz for a two-day workshop available to photographers of all levels.


Shabazz, best known for his iconic photographs of New York City during the 1980s, will teach photographers the necessary skills one must have when photographing on the street. During the first day, participants will view the work of noted street photographers and images created by prominent writers. Participants will then venture onto the streets of Midtown Manhattan, learning various aspects of street photography. On the second day, participants will review each other’s work and have a discussion about the experiences and challenges they faced when photographing.

Some of the areas that will be discussed during the workshop are preparation, themes, composition, body language, techniques, and career opportunities.

No prior knowledge is needed. Participants should come with an open mind.

Jamel Shabazz is a documentary, fashion, and street photographer who has authored eight monographs. His work has been exhibited in Italy, France, Korea, Turkey, Germany, Ethiopia, Brazil, and Japan and throughout the United States. Shabazz’s work is housed within the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Shabazz was the 2018 recipient of the Gordon Parks Documentary Photographer award.


  • Become comfortable with photographing people on the street
  • Learn how to prepare and compose images
  • Leave with a better understanding of street photography

Materials to bring:

  • Participants must bring a digital camera to use during the workshop

Registration ends on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

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