Progressive, provocative work from publishers Shabazz Projects

Date
22 October 2014
Reading Time
1 minute read

Boasting PVC-clad bottoms, surreal jazz photography and beautifully-rendered risograph prints of basketball hoops, Shabazz Projects’ homepage certainly offers a well-curated and striking experience. The LA-based publishing platform was founded by Hassan Rahim and Brian Okarski, releasing art, photography and design-focused books and objects, all with a run of 200 or fewer editions. Stand-out pieces include the Various Basketball Hoops risographs, which put a whimsical spin on these often weary-looking monoliths; and Eric Wrenn and Antje Peters’ Jazz photographs, which place instruments against a dramatic plume of smoke. Hassan and Brian say their aim is to “provoke and surprise,” and from the images on their site alone, they’re certainly not letting themselves down.

It’s also worth mentioning that the site itself is a real pleasure to play around on, as if you neded any more encouragement!

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Eric Wrenn & Antje Peters: Jazz (Published by Shabazz Projects)

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Eric Wrenn & Antje Peters: Jazz (Published by Shabazz Projects)

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Eric Wrenn & Antje Peters: Jazz (Published by Shabazz Projects)

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Eric Wrenn & Antje Peters: Jazz (Published by Shabazz Projects)

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Ben Barretto, Trevor Hernandez, Hassan Rahim and Amanny Ahmad: Various Basketball Hoops (Published by Shabazz Projects)

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Ben Barretto, Trevor Hernandez, Hassan Rahim and Amanny Ahmad: Various Basketball Hoops (Published by Shabazz Projects)

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Ben Barretto, Trevor Hernandez, Hassan Rahim and Amanny Ahmad: Various Basketball Hoops (Published by Shabazz Projects)

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Ben Barretto, Trevor Hernandez, Hassan Rahim and Amanny Ahmad: Various Basketball Hoops (Published by Shabazz Projects)

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Shabazz Projects homepage

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Emily Gosling

Emily joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in the summer of 2014 after four years at Design Week. She is particularly interested in graphic design, branding and music. After working It's Nice That as both Online Editor and Deputy Editor, Emily left the company in 2016.

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