Michelle Marsh’s Favorite Book from 2019

Seeing Deeply by Dawoud Bey.   Published by University of Texas Press.

Dawoud Bey's Seeing Deeply is stunning in every way. The work, of course. Re-experiencing the Polaroids, my first introduction to Bey, took my breath away for the second time in my life. The Harlem work before, and all that came after, including the Character Project and The Birmingham Project, the latter of which will haunt me for some time.

The book’s sequence, image positioning, typography, and printing are exquisite; the writing is inclusive and thoughtfully additive. I am glad to live with this powerful record of his photographs and contribution to the contemporary history of our field.

Michelle Dunn Marsh, publisher of Minor Matters Books, and Chief Strategist at Photographic Center Northwest, wafts between Seattle and New York. Her role as a professional viewer is informed by the poetry and mystery of her Irish and Anglo-Burmese ancestors, and by the countless photographic professionals she has worked with. minormattersbooks.com
Portrait by Will Wilson.