JAMIL GS is a Director/photographer who is well known for elevating street mythologies and firing up hip hop and fashions imagination in New York since the early 90's. Jamil is a photographers photographer and his work exudes personality, character, style, dignity, mystery and sex appeal.
He is born in Copenhagen, Denmark and was multicultural before it was cool. His father Sahib Shihab is considered musical royalty and is one of the founding members of Bebop Jazz from New York, and his mother is a drop dead gorgeous loving Danish woman. Growing up in a home with a healthy mixture of diverse culture has undoubtedly helped shape his artistic visions and his understanding of a complex world.
Jamil relocated to New York at the tender age of 18 and after studying for a few years, he began his professional carer as a photographer shooting for local record labels and overseas music, fashion and culture publications. That later evolved into corporate global clients and his photography and film work has reached and touched millions of eyes world wide and it continues to inspire.
Social Innovation and civic duty 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.
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.
All of his work is considered art and is shown in various galleries and museums including the British museum Victoria and Albert(V&A) alongside photography pioneers Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Edward Steichen, Helmut Newton and Jurgen Teller. He has collaborated on exhibitions and art projects with Kaws, Rostarr and Todd (Reas) James.
He lives in Copenhagen and frequents New York and London and has a weak spot for Jamaica.
You can follow his visual explorations here 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 / JTB / 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 / Bitchslap / 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 / The Times India / Nordic Man / Purple / Paper / Q / Rolling Stone / Richardson / Raygun / Relax / Spin / Sleazenation / Source / True / Trace / Tokion / Vibe / Visionaire