Synopses & Reviews
Back in the Days documents the emerging hip-hop scene from 1980-1989 before it became what is today's billion-dollar international industry. Back in the days, the streets not the media set the standards for style and Jamel Shabazz was on the scene, photographing everyday people. Working the streets of New York like the runways of Paris, Shabazz's subjects strike poses that flaunt their Kangol caps & Gazelle glasses, shell-top Adidas and suede Pumas complete with fat laces, shearling coats and leather jackets, gold rope chains, door-knocker earrings, name belts, boomboxes, and other assorted designer finery. For anyone who wants to know what "keepin' it real" means, Back in the Days is the book of your dreams.
"Shabazz here shows his subjects striking a pose and staring straight into the camera. The resulting images become less documentary and more yearbook-like in style. At first viewing, the clothes and posturing seem almost ridiculous, until we remember the excesses of the 1980s....An important examination of urban and youth culture through colorful photographs..." Library Journal
Back In The Days documents the emerging hip-hop scence from 1980-1989--before it became today's multi-million-dollar multinational industry. Jamel Shabazz was on the scene, photographing everyday people hangin' in Harlern, kickin' it in Queens, and cold chillin' in Brooklyn. Street styling with an attitude not seen in fashion for another twenty years to come. Shabazz's subjects strike poses that put supermodels to shame. For anyone who wants to know what "'keepin' it real" means, Back In the Days is the book of your dreams.
Documents the emerging hip-hop scene from 1980-89, before it became what is today's multi-million-dollar, multinational industry.
About the Author
Jamel Shabazz is the author of Back in the Days (powerHouse Books, 2001) and The Last Sunday in June (powerHouse Books, 2003). His photographs have appeared in publications including The Source, Vibe, TRACE, Flaunt, Mass Appeal, Jalouse, Black Book, OneWorld, and Honey. Shabazz’s work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York; by Kangol at the Dazed & Confused Gallery, London; by adidas and Lodown at adidas Originals, Berlin; and in Trace’s True Signs, Paris. His debut book, Back in the Days, has received astounding critical acclaim and commercial success since its initial release in January 2001. Shabazz was born in Brooklyn and lives in Long Island, New York.