THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE: Photographs by Jamel Shabazz

Jamel Shabazz, Author, Emil Wilbekin, Text by (Art/Photo Books), Kelefa Sanneh, Text by (Art/Photo Books)
Jamel Shabazz, Author, Emil Wilbekin, Text by (Art/Photo Books), Kelefa Sanneh, Text by (Art/Photo Books) THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE: Photographs by Jamel Shabazz Reviewed on: 06/02/2003
Release date: 06/01/2003
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Commemorating New York's Stonewall Riots of June 1969, the last Sunday (and Saturday) of every June finds Greenwich Village electric with gay pride events and activity. In 1990, two young women in New York's Washington Square Park suggested that Shabazz, a documentary photographer, check it out, after he asked them where to find "drama and flava." After some initial discomfort, Shabazz began documenting the celebration annually, showing off the diversity and energy of the gay community. Moving from people in metallic outfits to those in very little at all, Shabazz captures picketers, revelers and people in love; transgender, multiracial, cross-class and totally engaged, Pride Day draws celebrants from around the world. Shabazz previously published Back in the Days, a collection of his shots of street gangs in New York in the 1980s; as New York Times reporter Kalefa Sanneh writes in an included essay, "Where many street photographers emphasize the dignity of their subjects, Shabazz seems just as interested in their glamour." In pages of photographs uninterrupted by text, the glamour and dignity of the queer community sparkles. (June)

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