For the nice interview and feature around my American Royalty exhibition. "weren't you scared photographing all these 'hardcore hood rappers' ? No, not really, it was eye to eye baby.
Jay-Z. Diddy. Mary J. Blige. Outkast. Nas. Russell Simmons. Chuck D. These are just a few of the legends on display in the world premiere of Jamil GS: American Royalty, opening on Friday October 6, 2017, at Le Fix Gallery, Copenhagen. The vernissage begins at 6:00 PM and will feature a live show and DJ set by Jeru the Damaja, a DJ set by Tue Track, and an artist talk featuring Jamil GS and Jeru the Damaja, moderated by music aficionado Fergus Murphy. Following the opening, the after party will held at Condesa starting at 10:30 PM.
Please take 3 minutes to enjoy this Visual piece I created for ALO WALA'S latest release 'PARALYZED'. I had an amazing time and allot of fun working with top talent from all over the world, literally. It's a good starting point when the content is original and inspiring like fresh biscuits out the oven.
When I was just a teen in the mid 8o's, I was heavily inspired by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant's book SUBWAY ART. I spent summers in NY and saw amazing things first hand, but this book was the first vast documentation of the early masterpieces created by the original NEW YORK Graffiti Kings. It is responsible for catapulting myself into a journey as a burgeoning Graff writer in Copenhagen, fearlessly painting trains in broad daylight. Later I swapped the cans for the camera and continued my journey as a visual artist thru photography. About a decade later i became familiar with Jamel Shabazz, who to this day I am still being confused with occasionally, and Joe Conzo, another style master with the camera in the right place at the right time. All of the above are photographers that I respect and revere for their talent and dedication to creating and capturing a vital piece of our culture and history. So to be put in the same category and mentioned as a legend beside them is an honorable feeling.