JAMIL GS is an american/danish Director and photographer. He is well known for elevating street mythologies and firing up hip hop and fashion’s imagination in New York since the early 90's. He is admired by other photographer’s and his work exudes personality, style, mystery, storytelling and sex appeal.
Jamil was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. His father Sahib Shihab is of musical royalty being one of the founding members of Bebop Jazz from New York and his mother is a beautiful loving Danish woman who shines a constant beam of light. Growing up in a home market by multicultural diversity has undoubtedly shaped Jamil’s artistic vision and his understanding of the complex world we live in.
Jamil grew up to a steady soundtrack of Hip Hop and when he relocated to New York at the tender age of 18, he naturally began his professional career shooting for local record labels and music, fashion and culture publications. That work later evolved into a variety of fun and powerful clients worldwide. His photography and film work has touched millions of eyes and souls worldwide and it continues to inspire.
Having a postive social impact is also important for Jamil and this inspired Jamil to create an innovative educational program in neglected urban areas for the youth. One project is titled Young Stringers and it involves photographic and visual exploration. Jamil is so passionate about other people’s talents that he has embarked on managing rising Universal Bass artist star 'ALO WALA’.
JAMIL's work is considered art and is grateful for the appreciation by validating galleries and museums world wide, including the British museum Victoria and Albert (V&A), where he is shown alongside some of his idols like Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Edward Steichen, Helmut Newton and Jurgen Teller. He has collaborated on exhibitions and various street art projects with Kaws, Rostarr and Todd (Reas) James to name a few.
He currently lives in Copenhagen, frequents New York and London and still 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 / Danish Film Institute / Danish Technological University / Electra Records / Eastwest Records / Epic records / For Life music / Gee Street / Gee Jam / Island Records / Jamaican Tourist Board / 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