Posted by James "Koe" Rodriguez on November 14, 2016
Jamel Shabazz's new coffee table book Pieces Of A Man could easily be one of his most ambitious and profound books yet. Self published and carefully curated by Shabazz himself, the book comes off more like his visual diary than a collection of masterfully composed and honest portraits of subjects near and far. From hard boiled streets in Harlem to bustling bazaars in Morocco, Jamel's camera is there to bear witness and freeze incredible moments in time. Moving photos like 'I Want For My Brother What I Want For Myself,' 'What Now,' a powerful snap of a brim wearing Blood and a bandanna wearing Crip in deep thought over a chess game and 'House of Pain,' a candid black and white photo captured inside the infamous Riker's Island jail in 1984 show Shabazz's seemingly access all reach and inimitable eye. Other standouts, like, 'The Essence of Life,' a graphic shot of a friend's newborn child and 'Day of Atonement,' a poignant family photo of the now famous Khan family captured next to their son's tombstone in the Arlington National Cemetery establish why Pieces Of A Man is one of Shabazz's most comprehensive and compelling books yet. The subject matter is thoughtful and insightful; deep and informative; uplifting and unfiltered. Pieces Of A Man is everything we expect from Shabazz; and completely unexpected.