Photographer, Dawoud Bey was definitely in an ‘Empire State of Mind’ when he curated this beautiful catch-all for his work called Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply capturing New York City streets, specifically Harlem beauty. So it was befitting that the featured image for this post be none other than New York-to-the-bone, Alicia Keys.
A recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” Dawoud Bey created a body of photography that masterfully portrays the contemporary American experience on its own terms and in all of its diversity.
Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply offers a forty-year retrospective of the celebrated photographer’s work, from his early street photography in Harlem to his current images of Harlem gentrification. Photographs from all of Bey’s major projects are presented in chronological sequence, allowing you to see how the collective body of portraits and recent landscapes create an unparalleled historical representation of various communities in the United States. Leading curators and critics—Sarah Lewis, Deborah Willis, David Travis, Hilton Als, Jacqueline Terrassa, Rebecca Walker, Maurice Berger, and Leigh Raiford—introduce each series of images.
Revealing Bey as the natural heir of such renowned photographers as Roy DeCarava, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, and James Van Der Zee, Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply demonstrates how one man’s search for community can produce a stunning portrait of our common humanity.
Price: $65, 400 pages
Why You’ll Love It
I currently have a healthy collection of coffee table books that celebrate all kinds of beauty, including the first and only all black Vogue Italia. Seeing Deeply will be added to my library immediately. Having lived in New York City for 14 years, 13 of them in Harlem, New York, I appreciate the black and white, and the color portraits of people I used to see everyday like those featured of every race, which is an honest depiction of the current makeup of this section of Manhattan.
Wondering what to gift the woke person in your life this holiday season? Weighing in at more than 5 lbs, this 400-page book, which will no doubt make an impression when gifted should be considered.
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