Jamel Shabazz: City Metro

available at the Galerie Bene Taschen, Cologne since May 8th, 2020

After the successful exhibition City Metro in December 2018/January 2019 at the Cologne-based Galerie Bene Taschen, the gallerist was pleased to launch of the same-titled book on May 8, 2020.

Jamel Shabazz has long been recognized as a leading figure in the New York street photography scene. Born and raised in Red Hook, Brooklyn, he has spent the past four decades documenting the rapidly changing social fabric of New York City. Active humanism drives Shabazz in his image making, as he has consistently sought to show and preserve the city’s many populations, regardless of their age, class, race, or occupation, with the New York City transit system serving as the backdrop to many of his most iconic images.

Just like the exhibition, the book City Metro, curated by Bene Taschen, showcases Jamel Shabazz’s keen eye for capturing the integrity and beauty of the city’s communities and the extent to which the NYC transit system serves as a fundamental component of urban life. Since its inauguration in 1904, the subway has become an essential part of the city’s identity with several millions of journeys carried out every day. As the favored means of transport for New Yorkers over the last century, it has historically been recognized as a source of artistic inspiration, with notably Walker Evans, Helen Levitt, and Bruce Davidson each turning their lenses to the crowds that have populated its carriages.