‘Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer’
Charlie Ahearn, USA, 2011, 77 min.
Het Ketelhuis Westergasfabriek: Thursday September 20 2012 – 19.15hr. Saturday September 22 2012 – 18.45hr.
In the infancy of hip-hop, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz documented the pioneers of music and style that would launch an enduring worldwide phenomenon. Ahearn, director of the seminal Wild Style (1983) pays tribute to both Shabazz and those who defined hip-hop before it had a definition. More than just vintage shots of kids rocking Puma Suedes, Kangols, and pin-striped Jordaches in Times Square and Fort Greene Park, Shabazz’s photographs have hundreds of (often tragic) stories behind them, and Ahearn gives voice to these images with dozens of interviews with Shabazz himself, graffiti pioneer and hip-hop historian Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite, legendary rapper KRS-One and many more.