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Dawoud Bey: Places in History

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Stephen Bulger Gallery presents “Places in History”, this is the first solo exhibition of work by Dawoud Bey at the gallery, presented in conjunction with the release of his most recent monograph Seeing Deeply, published by University of Texas Press, 2018. Dawoud Bey (born 1953) is an American photographer and educator renowned for his large-scale colour portraits of adolescents and other often marginalized subjects. This exhibition presents works from four distinct series. The earliest work is from “Harlem USA”, a series that reconnected Bey with the neighbourhood where his parents first met, and where he visited the family as a child. Bey began photographing in the streets of Harlem in 1975 with a small format camera while reacquainting himself with the neighbourhood and engaging with the people he had glimpsed from the car window years before. Over a five year period, he eventually became a permanent fixture at public events taking place in the community, such as block parties, tent revival meetings, and anywhere else where people gathered. He experienced transformational relationships and exchanges with people he met, and it […]

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