Jamel Shabazz's work has appeared in publications such as "The
Source, Vibe, Trace, British Elle, Jalouse, Dune, GQ," and "French
Vogue." He has published four books with powerHouse: Back in the
Days (2001), A Time Before Crack (2005), The Last Sunday in June
(2003), and Seconds of My Life (2007). Shabazz was born in Red
Hook, Brooklyn, in 1960.
Fab 5 Freddy is a Hip Hop historian, director, actor, emcee, and painter. He was an active participant in the earliest days of Hip Hop, and later hosted the first Hip Hop music video show on TV, "Yo! MTV Raps." He has appeared in the films "Downtown" "81, Wild Style, New Jack City," and most recently "Rachel Getting" "Married."
Ernie Paniccioli is a Brooklyn-born photographer best know for his documentation of Hip Hop culture. Paniccioli was the main photographer for "Word Up! Magazine," and his work has also appeared in "The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Rolling" "Stone, Spin, Ebony, Vibe, The Source," and "XXL." Paniccioli has published a monograph of his work, Who Shot Ya?: Three Decades of HipHop Photography (Amistad, 2002).
"Not an ounce of energy has drained from "Back in the Days," Jamal
Shabazz's photo chronicle of the early days of hip-hop style, since
it was published in 2001. Those who still remember its release
might be amazed to learn that a decade has since gone by; reason
enough for powerHouse Books to bring it out again, in an expanded
edition, as "Back in the Days: Remix.""
""'He did with pictures what rappers did with words, ' said Bill Adler, a hip-hop historian and photography aficionado. 'He made these folks visible the way rap made them audible. He took everyday people and turned them into icons. Nobody told him to do this. He just went out and struck gold.'" "
New York Times"
"Beyond a specific genre of music or style of clothes, Shabazz's photos celebrate city life and youth culture, even as the blights of crack and AIDS ravaged New York..."
"Time Out New York"