Safi Alia Shabaik discovered art and photography at the age of five, when her mother enrolled her in a pinhole camera class at the California Museum of Science and Industry. She 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. Safi was given free-reign to photograph anytime they were together.
Her work 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, is part of many private collections, and has been exhibited in both solo and group shows in many galleries nationally.
This portfolio of street photography represents selections from a larger body of work created mainly on the streets of Los Angeles over a span of time starting in 2015 through today. Though the project is ongoing, she has spent well over 800 hours with her camera on these streets finding and creating images of Los Angeles as she sees it now. 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.