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Interesting and thoughtful man and artist. Interview with Dawoud bey. Went too vare junior high together. Interview with Dawoud beyrouth. Release Date: June 22, 2018 Dawoud Bey's Poignant "The Birmingham Project" on View at National Gallery of Art, September 12, 2018, through April 22, 2019 Dawoud Bey Mary Parker and Caela Cowan, 2012 2 inkjet prints mounted to dibond National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Collectors Committee and the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund Washington, DC—For more than 40 years photographer Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) has portrayed American youth and those from marginalized communities with an unusual degree of sensitivity and complexity. Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project celebrates the National Gallery of Art's recent acquisition of four large-scale photographs and one video from Bey's most important series, "The Birmingham Project, " a deeply felt and conceptually rich monument to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15, 1963. Coinciding with the 55th anniversary of this tragedy, the exhibition focuses on Bey's representation of the past through the lens of the present, pushing the boundaries of portraiture and engaging ongoing national issues of racism, violence against African Americans, and terrorism in churches. Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project will be on view at the National Gallery of Art from September 12, 2018, through April 22, 2019. "Bey has long explored issues of identity and representation in portraiture through community-based projects in schools and museums. The Birmingham Project expands his abiding interest to use his art to bring the African American experience and American history to life, " said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. "We are grateful to the members of the Collectors Committee and Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad, who made the acquisition of these extraordinary works possible. " In these photographs Bey pairs two life-size portraits representing the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and related violence in Birmingham that Sunday in 1963: one portrait of a young person the same age as one of the victims, and another of an adult 50 years older—the child's age had he or she survived. The exhibition also features 9. 15. 63, a split-screen projection that juxtaposes a re-creation of a drive to the 16th Street Baptist Church filmed from the window of a moving car with views of everyday spaces—some familiar (a beauty parlor and barbershop), some politically charged (a lunch counter and schoolroom). Exhibition Organization The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. About the Exhibition On the morning of Sunday, September 15, 1963, dynamite planted by members of the Ku Klux Klan blasted through the church basement where young girls dressed for Sunday services, killing 11-year-old Carol Denise McNair and 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, and Carole Robertson. Within hours of the bombing, two African American boys, 13-year-old Virgil Ware and 16-year-old James Johnny Robinson, were murdered in related violence. The bombing shattered the optimism of the March on Washington held two weeks before and awoke the world to the real hatred preventing integration, helping to convince the country of the urgent need for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As an 11-year-old boy growing up in Queens, New York, Bey recalls, in his words, "the ground-shifting trauma" of seeing a picture of Sarah Collins, the surviving younger sister of one of the bombing victims. Lying in a hospital bed with cotton balls over her eyes and skin mutilated from the explosion, Collins's harrowing image initiated in Bey a long process of crafting a response to this pivotal event in the struggle for civil rights. After being haunted by this image for many years, Bey sought to give physical presence to these six young martyrs. He visited Birmingham several times over seven years and solicited sitters from the city's present-day African American community. After photographing people individually, he paired two life-size portraits, one of a young person the same age as a victim in 1963 and another of an adult 50 years older, marking the child's age had he or she survived. Inviting his subjects to dress and pose freely, as is his usual practice, Bey photographed them in two historically significant locations. He made half of the portraits in the sanctuary of Bethel Baptist Church, a headquarters for the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights and site of earlier bombings. The other half were made in the 18th-century gallery of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the commissioning body for Bey's project and an institution with its own dark history of segregation: admission for African Americans was restricted to one day a week through the early 1960s. Representing these mythic victims with ordinary people looking directly into the camera, the diptychs connect different generations. Yet they also raise broader questions about how to visualize absence, loss, and memory in a medium that depicts the world in the present tense. Alongside a selection of four diptychs, the exhibition will feature Bey's video 9. 63. This split-screen projection juxtaposes, on the right, a recreation of the drive to the 16th Street Baptist Church, shot from the window of a moving vehicle looking up at trees and the roofs of houses from the vantage point of a young child. On the left, slow pans move through everyday spaces—some familiar (a beauty parlor and barbershop), some politically charged (a lunch counter and schoolroom), as they might have appeared that Sunday morning. Devoid of people, these views poeticize the innocent, mundane existences ripped apart by violence. A short film of approximately eight minutes will be screened in the project room in the West Building and also will be available on the exhibition's webpage. Featuring an interview with Bey, the film will provide valuable context for understanding the series in light of Bey's broader interests in portraiture and American history. It will explore how the artist became interested in the topic, how he arrived at the final formulation of his series in diptych portraits and a video, and what he learned on his repeated trips to Birmingham over seven years of research. Finally, the film will address the links between Bey's work in Birmingham and his current long-term project on the Underground Railroad. Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) Dawoud Bey began his career as an artist in 1975 with a series of photographs, Harlem, USA, that were later exhibited in his first one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. He has since had numerous exhibitions worldwide at such institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Barbican Centre in London, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the High Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. The Walker Art Center organized a mid-career survey of his work, Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975–1995, that traveled to institutions throughout the United States and Europe. In 2012 the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago organized a survey exhibition titled Dawoud Bey: Picturing People that traveled to museums in the United States. That same year the Art Institute of Chicago acquired the complete vintage group of Harlem, USA photographs and mounted the first exhibition of that work since it was shown at Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. The Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press also published the complete Harlem, USA project for the first time. A 40-year retrospective publication of his work, Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply, will be published by the University of Texas Press in September, 2018. In addition to many solo exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, Bey's works are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the United States and abroad, including the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Guggenheim Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art. Bey has received multiple fellowships and honors over the course of his long career, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a 2015 United States Artist Fellow. In 2017 Bey received a MacArthur Fellowship. His critical writings have appeared in publications throughout Europe and the United States, including High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967–1975, The James Van Der Zee Studio, and David Hammons: Been There and Back. He has curated a wide range of exhibitions at museums and institutions including the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, GASP (Gallery Artists Studio Projects), and the Hyde Park Art Center. In 2018 a major retrospective monograph, Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply, 1975–2017, will be published by the University of Texas Press. Bey holds a MFA from Yale University School of Art. He is a professor of photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he began teaching in 1998, and served as the 2008–2010 Distinguished College Artist. He is represented by Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco; and Mary Boone Gallery, New York. Exhibition Curator This exhibition is curated by Kara Fiedorek, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Related Activities Lecture John Edmonds September 23, 2:00 pm John Edmonds, artist, in conversation with Jessica Bell Brown, PhD candidate, department of art and archaeology, Princeton University A book signing of Edmonds's monograph, Higher, follows Made possible by the James D. and Kathryn K. Steele Fund for Photography Arnold Newman Lecture Series on Photography December 16, 2:00 pm East Building Auditorium Dawoud Bey, artist A book signing of Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply follows Press Contact: Laurie Tylec, (202) 842-6355 or [email protected].

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Interview with Dawoud by thumbshots. Interview with Dawoud bed and breakfast. Interview with Dawoud beynac. Interview with dawoud bey. Dawoud Bey Born David Edward Smikle 1953 Queens, New York, U. S. Education BFA, Empire State College; MFA, Yale University School of Art Known for Photography Notable work Harlem, USA Class Pictures The Birmingham Project Night Coming Tenderly, Black Awards MacArthur Fellowship Dawoud Bey (born 1953) is an American photographer and educator known for his large-scale art photography and street photography portraits including American adolescents in relation to their community, and other often marginalized subjects. [1] In 2017, Bey was named a fellow and the recipient of a " Genius Grant " from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. [2] He is a professor and Distinguished Artist at Columbia College Chicago. [3] Life and career [ edit] Born David Edward Smikle in New York City 's Jamaica, Queens neighborhood, he changed his name to Dawoud Bey in the early 1970s. [4] Bey graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School. [5] He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1977–78, graduated with a BFA in Photography from Empire State College in 1990, and received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1993. [6] Over the course of his career, Bey has participated in more than 20 artist residencies, which have allowed him to work directly with the adolescent subjects of his most recent work. [7] A product of the 1960s, Dawoud Bey said both he and his work are products of the attitude, "if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. " [8] This philosophy significantly influenced his artistic practice and resulted in a way of working that is both community-focused and collaborative in nature. Bey’s earliest photographs, in the style of street photography, evolved into a seminal five-year project documenting the everyday life and people of Harlem in Harlem USA (1975–1979) that was exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. [9] In 2012, the Art Institute of Chicago mounted the first complete showing of the "Harlem, USA" photographs since that original exhibition, adding several never before printed photographs to the original group of twenty-five vintage prints. The complete group of photographs were acquired at that time by the AIC. [10] Over time Bey proves that he develops a bond with his subjects with being more political. In the article "Exhibits Challenge Us Not to Look Away Photographers Focus on Pain, Reality in the City" by Carolyn Cohen from the Boston Globe, the text identifies Bey's work as having a "definite political edge" to it according to Roy Decarava. He writes more about the aesthetics of Beys work and how it's associated with documentary photography and how his work shows empathy for his subjects. This article also mentions Bey exhibiting his work at the Walker Art Center, where Kelly Jones identifies the strength of his work and his relationship with his subjects once again. [11] Of his work with teenagers Bey has said, "My interest in young people has to do with the fact that they are the arbiters of style in the community; their appearance speaks most strongly of how a community of people defines themselves at a particular historical moment. " [12] During a residency at the Addison Gallery of American Art in 1992, Bey began photographing students from a variety of high schools both public and private, in an effort to “reach across lines of presumed differences” among the students and communities. [13] This new direction in his work guided Bey for the next fifteen years, including two additional residencies at the Addison, an ample number of similar projects across the country, and culminated in a major 2007 exhibition and publication of portraits of teenagers organized by Aperture and entitled Class Pictures. [14] Alongside each of the photographs in Class Pictures, is a personal statement written by each subject. This rich combination of image and text expands the notion of the photographic portrait, and further creates portraits that are each incredibly powerful in its amalgamation, at times surprising, disturbing, and heart-wrenching. In 2018, his project Night Coming Tenderly, Black, consists of a series of photographs evoking the imagined experience of escaped slaves moving northward along the Underground Railroad. [15] Currently living in Chicago, Illinois Bey is a professor of art and Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago, and is represented by Mary Boone Gallery (NYC), Rena Bransten Gallery (San Francisco), and Stephen Daiter Gallery (Chicago). Awards and exhibitions [ edit] Bey was the recipient of an artist fellowship at Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS), New York in 1983, an artist fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1986, a regional fellowship form the National Endowment for the Arts in 1991, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2002. [16] He has exhibited in a number of solo and group shows including Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975-1995 at the Walker Art Center in 1995, [17] Dawoud Bey at the Queens Museum of Art in 1998, Dawoud Bey: The Chicago Project at the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art in 2003, Dawoud Bey: Detroit Portraits at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2004, and Class Pictures, organized by the Aperture Foundation and on view initially at the Addison Gallery of American Art in 2007, and then touring to museums throughout the country for four years, including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Milwaukee Art Museum [18] among others. His work "The Birmingham Project" commemorates the six young African Americans killed in Birmingham, AL on September 15, 1963. The exhibition opened at the Birmingham Museum of Art [19] in September 2013, fifty years after that tragic day. The exhibition opened at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in 2016. [20] In early 2019, the Art Institute of Chicago opened an exhibition titled "Dawoud Bey: Night Coming Tenderly, Black", consisting of twenty-five black and white photographs that were captured along the Underground Railroad in Cleveland and Hudson, Ohio. The exhibition will be on display in the museum's Modern Wing building from January 11 to April 14, 2019. [21] Bey is the recipient of the 2019 Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. Dawoud Bey's most recent award was the MacArthur Fellowship "no strings attached” grant awarded by The John D. MacArthur Foundation, [22] otherwise known as the "genius grant". The grant goes to individuals who have shown "extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits". The article "'A Radical Reshaping of the World is Possible, One Person at a Time': Dawoud Bey on being Awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant by Chloe Coleman of The Washington Post gives more insight about Dawoud Bey receiving his award and giving thanks. [23] Books [ edit] Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply, essays by Sarah Lewis, Deborah Willis, David Travis, Hilton Als, Jacqueline Terrassa, Rebecca Walker, Maurice Berger, and Leigh Raiford (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018) "Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project", Essay by Ron Platt (Birmingham Museum of Art, 2012) "Dawoud Bey: Picturing People", Essay by Arthur Danto, Interview by Hamza Walker (Chicago: Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2012) "Harlem, U. A", Essays by Matthew Witkovsky and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitt (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press, 2012) Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey, Essay by Taro Nettleton, interview with Carrie Mae Weems (New York: Aperture, 2007). Dawoud Bey: The Chicago Project, Essays by Jacqueline Terrassa and Stephanie Smith (Chicago: Smart Museum of Art, 2003). Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975-1995, Essay by Kellie Jones, with A. D. Coleman and Jessica Hagedorn, photography (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1995). References [ edit] ^ "Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project".. Retrieved 2018-07-14. ^ "MacArthur Foundation".. ^ "Dawoud Bey - Faculty". Columbia College Chicago. ^ Blair, Gwenda. "Dawoud Bey's Portrait of '70s Harlem, Gathered for Today". ^ Sengupta, Somini. "Portrait of Young People as Artists", The New York Times, January 18, 1998. Accessed February 12, 2019. "Dawoud Bey, the acclaimed portraitist of African-American life, returned home to Queens recently.... Aklima Khan, a junior at Mr. Bey's alma mater, Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, learned to notice details. " ^ "Dawoud Bey '93MFA Exhibition at AAMP - Yale Alumni Art League".. ^ For a comprehensive chronology of the artist’s life as well as a list of his solo exhibitions, see Jock Reynolds, Taro Nettleton, Carrie Mae Weems, and Dawoud Bey, Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey (New York: Aperture, 2007). ^ "OIE to present Dawoud Bey, a photographer who looks beyond stereotypes - News - Bates College".. ^ Blair, Gwenda (2012-07-25). " ' 70s Portrait of Harlem, Gathered for Today". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-02-13. ^ "Dawoud Bey: Harlem, U. A. | The Art Institute of Chicago". The Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 2018-07-14. ^ ^ Kellie Jones, "Dawoud Bey: Portraits in the Theater of Desire" in Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975-1995 ed. by A. Coleman, Jock Reynolds, Kellie Jones, and Dawoud Bey (Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1995) 48. ^ Jacqueline Terrassa, "Shepherding Power, " Dawoud Bey: The Chicago Project, (Chicago, IL: Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, 2003): 91. ^ O'Sullivan, Michael (26 December 2008). "Dawoud Bey's Photos Only Part of the Picture" – via. ^ "Dawoud Bey embraces the darkness in new Underground Railroad Project".. ^ Reynolds, Jock (1995). Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975-1995. Walker Art Center. ISBN 978-0935640465. ^ Museum, Milwaukee Art. "Milwaukee Art Museum - Class Pictures".. ^ "Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project - Birmingham Museum of Art".. ^ Platt, Ron (2013). Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project. ISBN 978-1-934774-11-3. ^ "Dawoud Bey: Night Coming Tenderly, Black". Retrieved 2019-02-07. ^ Coleman, Chloe (16 October 2017). "Perspective - 'A radical reshaping of the world is possible, one person at a time': Dawoud Bey on being awarded a MacArthur genius grant" – via. ^. "Perspective | 'A radical reshaping of the world is possible, one person at a time': Dawoud Bey on being awarded a MacArthur genius grant". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-12-05. Further reading [ edit] Bey, Dawoud, Jacqueline Terrassa, Stephanie Smith, and Elizabeth Meister. Dawoud Bey: The Chicago Project. Chicago, IL: Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, 2003. Braff, Phyllis. “Dawoud Bey: 'The Southampton Project'. ” New York Times. April 4, 1999, Arts Section, East Coast Edition Coleman, A. D., Jock Reynolds, Kellie Jones, and Dawoud Bey. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1995 Cotter, Holland. “Art in Review. Oct 25, 1996, Arts Section, East Coast Edition. “Dawoud Bey: Portraits. ” Art in America. Vol. 83 no. 8 (August 1995): 23. Glueck, Grace. “Faces of the Centuries, Famous and Far From It. September 17, 1999, Arts Section, East Coast Edition. Johnson, Ken. “Dawoud Bey. ” May 10, 2002, p. B35. Johnson, Ken. “Enigmatic Portraits of Teen-Agers Free of All Context. August 21, 1998, Arts Section, East Coast Edition. Kimmelman, Michael. “In New Jersey, Evolution in Retrospectives. July 18, 1997, Arts Section, East Coast Edition. Leffingwell, Edward. “Dawoud Bey at Gorney Bravin + Lee. ” Art In America. 101 no. 10 (November 2002): 154-155 Lifson, Ben. ” Artforum International. 35 no. 6 (February 1997): 87. Lippard, Lucy. Nueva Luz photographic journal, Volume 1#2 (En Foco, Bronx: 1985) Loke, Margaret. “Review: Dawoud Bey. ” ARTnews. 96 no. 2 (February 1997): 118. McQuaid, Cate. “Teens in America, pose by pose. ” Boston Globe. September 23, 2007, Arts Section. Reid, Calvin. “Dawoud Bey at David Beitzel. 85 no. 4 (April 1997): 113. Reid, Calvin. ” Arts Magazine. 65 no. 1 (Sept. 1990): 76. Reynolds, Jock, Taro Nettleton, Carrie Mae Weems, and Dawoud Bey. Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey. New York: Aperture, 2007. Schwabsky, Barry. “Redeeming the Humanism in Portraiture. April 20, 1997, Arts Section, East Coast Edition. Sengupta, Somini. “Portrait of Young People as Artists. January 18, 1998 Arts Section, East Coast Edition. Zdanovics, Olga. ” Art Papers. 22 no. 3 (May/June 1998): 43-4.

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It wasnt too many ppl wit his last name so if you said your last name was Bey in philly we knew Where and who ya family was 💯. I can feel the sincerity n his voice. He's changed a lot in a truly positive way. Interview with Dawoud beybey. Erik Nielsen: Your latest book Seeing Deeply is fantastic. It showcases your mastery of portraits and street photography. What led to the sudden transition into photographing landscapes for Night Coming Tenderly, Black? Dawoud Bey: From 2014 to 2017 I worked on a project Harlem Redux. That was the first time I turned away from humans as the main subject of my work and instead began looking at how to describe some aspect of place and space and, in that case, the way in which the landscape of Harlem was being physically transformed through the forces of gentrification and the influx of global capital. Erik: The title of this series reference’s a line in the Langston Hughes poem “Dream Variations”. Why did you feel it necessary to make the link between your work and his? What role has Hughes played in your life? Dawoud: The last line of Langston Hughes' poem ”Dream Variation” embodies a notion of blackness as a space through which the black subjects moved. It was a space of possibility and not something to be feared. I wanted my work to extend upon the idea that Hughes had had of the darkness of night being a tender embrace. Referencing that line as a title also helps to situate the work inside of a conversation and history of black expressive culture that both Hughes and DeCarava are a part of. They are both a part of my inheritance. Erik: How does your series work to demystify the myths surrounding the Underground Railroad? Dawoud: My work is not intended to demystify the myths surrounding the Underground Railroad since they are not documentary photographs, but the project is meant to provoke the imagination around that history. It aims to give it a resonant visualization and make that history come alive in the photographic object. Erik: As a photographer, is there an obligation on your part to foreground African-Americans and their experience? Dawoud: I have always made work about the things I know best, and the things that I think are important. So certainly, an African-American, that would include the black subject. Because the black subject has been so often maligned and stereotyped throughout the history of the medium, it behooves me to counter that with something that is not merely a “positive image, ” but that suggests the complexity that black people embody. Erik: What was it about this particular moment in history that you felt it necessary to shine a light on the Underground Railroad and retell it in this contemporary setting? Dawoud: I am in the midst of a history project that began with my Birmingham Project of 2013. Since then I have wanted to find ways to make various pieces of African-American history resonate in the viewer’s imagination, but that is rooted in that history and then transformed in some way through my own conceptual devices. If one wants to find contemporary meaning in this work, which is about fugitive bodies in flight from extreme persecution, right now there are hundreds of thousands of people fleeing persecution and moving across the global landscape seeking their own freedom. Erik: Do you ever feel bound to the black experience as an artist and photographer? Have you ever felt as if your work has been pigeonholed in that way, and if so, do you see it transcending narrow categories in the future? Dawoud: The work produced by black artists runs the full expressive, material, and conceptual gamut, from artists such as Sam Gilliam, Frank Bowling, Ed Clark, Al Loving, Roy DeCarava, Howardena Pindell, and so many others. Considering myself to be an heir to all of that richly varied work, I’ve never had any reason to feel constrained or bound. It actually is quite liberating. Erik: Can you take us back to the first image you saw that made you want to be a photographer? Dawoud: While there was no single photograph that made me want to be a photographer, the first photograph that struck me because of its expressive capacity was Roy DeCarava’s “Graduation” (1949), a photograph of a young black girl in Harlem, New York in a beautiful white dress walking through a street and past a vacant lot layered with trash, moving from a beautiful patch of light into the ominous shadow ahead. It was the first time I’d seen such a formally complex photograph about such an ordinary but complexly realized situation involving a black subject. Erik: What’s a risk you have not yet taken that you want to with your work? Dawoud: Having worked in so many different ways over the past 40 years, I honestly can’t say there is a challenge or risk I haven’t taken in my work. The recent shift from portraits and the human subject to landscapes was probably the biggest risk I’ve taken so far. I think I’ll just keep following the work, and letting the narrative and the ideas dictate the form. I believe that’s as good a way as any to avoid the trap of habit. Dawoud Bey’s photography will be exhibited at the upcoming AIPAD Photography Show, whom we have partnered with and opens on April 4. This interview has been condensed and edited. You can read the full interview in our l atest issue RISK.

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