Back in the Days


Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer, the newest documentary by Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn, takes an in-depth look at the Brooklyn-born photographer who captured the nascent hip-hop movement in his best-selling book, Back in the Days. Along with reminiscences of Pumas and Kangols are oral histories of New York in the 80s from rappers, crack war survivors, and Shabazz himself, who produced one of the most important records of New York urban culture ever. The Times recently featured a slideshow of his work here, but you can see his photographs and commentary at the world premiere of the film at one of the last films of BAMcinemaFest on Sunday. Both Shabazz and Ahearn will answer questions and sign books afterward. Tickets on sale here.

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