Fine Art Photography

Dawoud Bey Returns to Harlem With a New Photographic Approach

November 21, 2016

By Dzana Tsomondo

© Dawoud Bey

“Girls, Ornaments, and Vacant Lot,” 2016. Dawoud Bey’s return to Harlem, where he began his career, is a stylistic departure from the black-and-white portraits that he made when he first photographed the neighborhood in the 1970s.

Born in Jamaica, Queens, Dawoud Bey has lived in Chicago since the late 1990s, but if Harlem were to consider naming honorary residents, the esteemed photographer and professor would be at the front of the line. His parents met in the upper Manhattan neighborhood, at St. John’s Baptist Church on 153rd street, and he often visited family there as a...

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