At age 8, Jaleel was shot by a neighbor with a sawed off shotgun who was annoyed over the sound of fireworks. His life hasn’t been easy since.
I first met Jaleel King at Help Portrait in 2009 an event that helps homeless and people who have had a hard year . He rolled in on his wheelchair with and a pink photo backdrop and photographed homeless people with the rest of us. I was amazed how he didn’t let anything get in his way. No obstacle was too big. He gave back despite having so much taken from him. That is who Jaleel is.
Three years after we first met, we sat down for sushi and I finally asked to hear his story. I turned our informal sushi conversation into a short film that has been viewed over 34,500 times and was even shared by the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
“I can’t remember the last time I was inspired to this level by another photographer. You rock, man.” – David Hobby, Strobist
“Jaleel’s story is not only touching but it is inspiring. I have personally known him for a few years now and I can say I am a much better person because of it.” – Jared Polin, FroKnowsPhoto
“Every so often we all need to refill our motivational gas tank to keep us going. This 4-minute video of photographer Jaleel King will do just that for you. King’s story of death, losing everything and finding life is sure to inspire you.” – Trevor Daley, Fstoppers
“If a picture is worth a thousand words, than Jaleel King has said a lot in his 36-years.” – Fox29 News
“The photography world can be inspiring at times, especially when you come across a story like photographer, Jaleel King‘s” – Picture Correct
A lot has happened in the last 2 1/2 years…since the video went viral.
See us at WPPI 2015 in Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 1, 2015 – 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
If you are attending WPPI in Las Vegas, join Jaleel and I as we present together.
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