Jamel Shabazz

Walking Curated Tour of Prospect Park: My Oasis In Brooklyn

Jamel Shabazz

Join legendary photographer Jamel Shabazz as he shares his memories and stories behind the images in his exhibition “My Oasis in Brooklyn,” a collection of snapshots of Prospect Park spanning over 40 years.

The exhibition, celebrating the start of the restoration process for the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, showcases Shabazz’s vision of his “Oasis in Brooklyn.” Across 41 years of photographing in Prospect Park, Shabazz has captured reunion picnics, musicians, races, dog walks, and so much more. Exhibited along the construction fence surrounding the historic house, the community of Brooklyn will be able to discover new stories, and recognize old friends.

A partnership between Prospect Park Alliance, Photoville and the Brooklyn Public Library as part of the Photoville 2021 Festival.


Across 41 years of photographing in Prospect Park, Jamel Shabazz has captured reunion picnics, musicians, races, dog walks, and so much more in the beloved park he calls his “Oasis in Brooklyn.”

Sunday September 26

4:30PM EST

In-Person Event

Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
452 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Outdoor Walking Tour.

Masks & Social Distancing Required.


Our Sessions are proudly supported by our partners PhotoWings.

Presenter Bio

Jamel Shabazz is best known for his iconic photographs of New York City during the 1980s. He has authored 10 monographs and contributed to over three dozen other photography-related books. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and his work is housed within the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Gordon Parks Foundation, and the Getty Museum. Over the years, Shabazz has instructed young students at the Studio Museum in Harlem’s “Expanding the Walls” project, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s “Teen Curators” program, and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. He is also the 2018 recipient of the Gordon Parks Award for his commitment to documentary photography. Shabazz is a member of the photo collective Kamoinge. As an artist, his goal is to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture.

Presenting Organizations

Brooklyn Public Library is among the borough’s most democratic civic institutions, serving patrons in every neighborhood and from every walk of life. Established in 1896, BPL is one of the nation’s largest public library systems and currently has nearly 700,000 active cardholders. With a branch library within a half-mile of the majority of Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents, BPL is a recognized leader in cultural offerings, literacy, out-of-school-time services, workforce development programs, and digital literacy. In a borough of wide economic disparity, where the costs of basic necessities often take priority over spending on cultural enrichment opportunities, BPL provides a democratic space where patrons of all economic standings can avail themselves and their children of cultural and educational programs in a broad range of disciplines.

Prospect Park Alliance is the nonprofit organization that sustains “Brooklyn’s Backyard,” working in partnership with the city of New York. The alliance was founded in 1987 to help restore the park after a long period of deterioration and decline. Today, the Prospect Park Alliance provides critical staff and resources which keep the park green and vibrant for the diverse communities that call Brooklyn home. It cares for the woodlands and natural areas, restores the park’s buildings and landscapes, creates innovative park destinations, and provides free or low-cost volunteer, education, and recreation programs.

Photoville is a New York-based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography for all. Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, New York, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race. Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional and production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.