Dawoud Bey - on Photographing People and Communities

Dawoud Bey - on Photographing People and Communities

In the fifth installment of The Photography Workshop Series, Dawoud Bey―well known for striking portraits that reflect both the individual and their larger community―offers his insight on creating meaningful and beautiful portraits that capture the subject and speak to something more universal.

Aperture Foundation works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches to, teachings on, and insights into photography―offering the workshop experience in a book. Our goal is to inspire photographers at all levels who wish to improve their work, as well as readers interested in deepening their understanding of the art of photography. Through images and words, he shares his own creative process and discusses a wide range of issues, from lighting and location to establishing relationships with subjects, and practical strategies for starting a larger portraiture project.

“With his award-winning portraiture, Dawoud Bey captures the humanity of the people he photographs as well as the vibrancy of the communities where they live.” —PDN

“Perhaps his greatest power as an artist lies here. In his ability to make work that changes the world without straying from complete normality.”—Ryan White, i-D

About the Photographer
The work of Dawoud Bey is held by major collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Bey’s honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, the United States Artists Fellowship; a Guggenheim Fellowship; and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. He is professor of art and a former Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago. His monograph Class Pictures was published by Aperture in 2007.

Soft cover
128 pages

  • Publisher: Aperture Foundation
  • Authors: Brian Ulrich



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