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Double Exposure

Jamel Shabazz (b. 1960) Double Exposure, 1990 Digital chromogenic print 16 × 20 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of the artist   2018.11.2

In Double Exposure, two similarly attired women strike a pose and engage with the photographer Jamel Shabazz. The artist establishes a rapport with his subjects, which allows his photographs to capture aspects of the sitter's personalities supplemented by the city environments alongside them. This image also exemplifies his dual or “Deuce” portraits that show the connections between twins, lovers, friends, and siblings—visual testaments to the significance of Black relationships. Shabazz’s street portraits comprise a neighborhood album that underlines the value of Black lives and contributes to the visual history of life in Harlem and beyond.