Hazel began photographing Coney Island in the late 1970s, exploring the amusement park she’d loved while growing up in Brooklyn. Hazel's Coney Island work has been featured in Life Force, an online photography magazine, and in Proyecto Diseño, a Latin American art and design magazine. It is also represented in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
In the 1990s Hazel worked regularly in Cuba. Her series on the architecture of Cuba’s National Art Schools was exhibited in Havana and has been published in books, magazines, and in the film, Unfinished Spaces, an award-winning documentary about the Schools. Her images of Muhammad Ali's humanitarian aid tour of Havana have appeared in LIFE's Album of the Year, SOCIETY magazine, Esquire and BBC Mundo.
Hazel's ongoing long-term project, Mi Mambo, grows out of her passions for Latin dancing and music, in a series that documents New York’s pioneering salsa/mambo scene from the perspective of a long-time participant. It was featured in NYTimes Lens.
While pursuing her personal projects Hazel has also done assignment work for foundations, publishers, corporations and non-profit organizations. She was an active member of Impact Visuals, a cooperative photo agency dedicated to social change that covered political and social issues around the world from 1985 to 2001.
Hazel teaches photography at the City College of New York (CCNY)