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Dawoud Bey: Seeing DeeplyÂ offers a forty-year retrospective of the celebrated photographerâs work, from his early street photography in Harlem to his current images of Harlem gentrification. Photographs from all of Beyâs major projects are presented in chronological sequence, allowing viewers 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 criticsâSarah Lewis, Deborah Willis, David Travis, Hilton Als, Jacqueline Terrassa, Rebecca Walker, Maurice Berger, and Leigh Raifordâintroduce 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,Â Dawoud Bey: Seeing DeeplyÂ demonstrates how one manâs search for community can produce a stunning portrait of our common humanity.