JAMIL GS was multicultural before it was cool. He is of American royal descent, in cultural terms, being that his father Sahib Shihab was one of the founding members of Bebop Jazz from New York. Professionally Jamil is a Photographer and Director who also consults creatively.
He lives and works between Copenhagen, New York and London and he has a weak spot for Jamaica.
Jamil GS has been a recognizable part of the New York art scene since the 1990s, and his work within art, photography, film and infundibulum has reached millions of impressions world wide.
His work starts on the streets and into the studios, car seats, airplanes, tropical beaches, palaces, roof tops, mountains, dancefloors, galleries, corporate boardrooms, recording studios and back to the streets again. It exists on a blurred line between fine art and commerce, and his knack for eyeing cultural trends, has made him a solid curator of vibrant grassroots culture and a premier visual artist of our time..
Jamil gets excited and is passionate about other peoples talents. Generally he just enjoys collaborating, and recently he started taking it to a new level and is now managing Universal Bass artist 'ALO WALA'. He also handles all her visual direction and marketing.
Social Innovation is also a passion for Jamil, so he has created a program in neglected urban areas that involve photographic and visual exploration for the youths under the project title Young Stringers.
His artwork is shown in various galleries and museums including the British museum Victoria and Albert(V&A) where he is shown alongside photography pioneers Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Edward Steichen, Helmut Newton and Jurgen Teller.
You can follow his visual explorations here on this site and on instagram @jamilgshere
All photographs and video © Jamil GS unless other specified
Clients include Adidas / Avirex / Anhauser Busch / Alo Wala / Campari / Hysteric Glamour / Levi’s / Nike / Reebok / Supreme / Triple Five Soul / Def Jam / Delabel / DFI / DTU / Electra Records / Eastwest Records / Epic records / For Life music / Gee Street / Gee Jam / Island Records / Polygram / Sequence Records / Sony Music / Soul Fire Records / Tommyboy Records / Universal Music / Ultra Records / Virgin Records / Warner Music / Wea / Wray & Nephews
Notable celebrities and personalities include Adina Howard / Aidonia / Alo Wala / AZ / Beastie Boys / Bow Wow / Chaka Khan / Christina Milian / Christian Bale / Chuck D / Colin Powel / D’Angelo / Da Brat / Double / Faith Evans / Foxy Brown / Ghost Face Killa / Geto Boys / Goldie / Groove Rider / Jay Z / John F Kennedy Jr. / Juvenile / Jermaine Dupri / Keysha Cole / Kelis / Mary J Bliege / Ms. Thing / Mystikal / Nas / Nicole Wray / Outkast / Prince Paul / P.Diddy / Praz / Rza / Rae Kwon / Russel Simmons / Spike Lee / SWV / Todd Terry / Queen Latifah
International publications include Arena / Arena Homme Plus / Berlingske MS / Big / Black Book / Complex / Dazed and confused / Details / Dune / ELLE / Esquire / The Face / The Fader / i - D / Interview / Index / Intersection / Jane / King / Mass Appeal / Mademoiselle / New York Times / Nordic Man / Purple / Paper / Q / Rolling Stone / Richardson / Raygun / Relax / Spin / Sleazenation / Source / Tokion / Vibe / Visionaire