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Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer (2011)

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Critic Reviews for Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer

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"Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer" could be slicker, but it does its part in sharing in its central figure's project of recording the living history that surrounds us.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
New York Times
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Ahearn works at a distinct disadvantage: Present to document the book's reception rather than its genesis, he has no direct access to the vibrant past about which his subjects reminisce, leaving him to merely coast on the iconography of Shabazz's work.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Village Voice
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Ahearn hits all of the usual suspects, from Fab 5 Freddy on down, but his celebration of Shabazz inevitably takes on the tone of requiem.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Time Out
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The resulting film is low-key and, at least as far as its subject is concerned, decidedly uncritical.

Full Review… | November 4, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

There are many potent sequences where old-school B-boys look through Shabazz's work and see friends they knew -- and sometimes lost -- a lifetime ago.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Oregonian

Taken in its entirety, this celebration of a pioneering visionary-who never knew that he was one at the time-is a highly worthy endeavor.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Film Journal International

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