Dawoud Bey

Born in 1953 in Queens, New York, Dawoud Bey is a highly storied and celebrated educator and photographer, most famously recognized for his large-format street photography portraits and art photography. Perhaps his most notable photography works are a color portrait showcasing American high school teens in relation to their neighborhoods and other oft-ignored subjects in society.

Bey is said to have been influenced by famed photographers like Irving Penn, Walker Evans, and Richard Avedon. His works have been featured at the Whitney Biennial and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Dawoud Bey’s somber Night Coming Tenderly, Black project

Night Coming Tenderly, Black is the work of photographer Dawoud Bey. It consists of large-scale portraits that dive into the literary history as it tries to re-create the practice of the slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. When Bey visited the outskirts of Cleveland in 2017, he realized that the landscape did not primarily …

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