Safi Alia Shabaik earned her B.A. with honors in Fine Art at UCLA, where she was nominated for the Levinson Scholarship and studied with many accomplished contemporary artists, including Catherine Opie, Richard Jackson, Paul McCarthy, Barbara Drucker and Mark Durant. She has lived and worked in both Los Angeles and New York. While living in NY, she became fashion stylist, photographic documentarian, personal assistant, travel companion, and confidante to the legendary and iconic Ms. Grace Jones, both in her personal and public life for all global performances and appearances. Her work has been featured in CameraCraft Magazine, on Upworthy.com, has appeared in Grace Jones’s book "I'll Never Write My Memoirs", on the cover of Artillery Magazine, on the Los Angeles Times website. Her work is part of many private collections, and has been exhibited in both solo and group shows in many galleries nationally. She is a member of the Los Angeles Street Collective and is a charter member and teaching assistant at Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP).
This portfolio presents a small selection from a larger body of street photography work. This work represents the streets of Los Angeles from 2015 through the current day. Though the project is ongoing, Safi has spent thousands of hours with her camera on these streets finding and creating images of Los Angeles as she sees it. This is her visual creative journal marking a deeper relationship with the city in which she was born and raised, the city that she left for nearly a decade to which she eventually returned, and the city for which she has gained a profound new respect and love.