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Seeing Deeply.

Photographs by Dawoud Bey. Text by Sarah Lewis, Deborah Willis, David Travis, Hilton Als, Jacqueline Terrassa, Rebecca Walker, Maurice Berger, and Leigh Raiford.
University of Texas Press, Austin, USA, 2018. In English. 400 pp., 129 color and 136 black-and-white illustrations, 11x12".

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2019 by:
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Shortlisted for the 2018 Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook of the Year Award

Recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” Dawoud Bey has created a body of photography that masterfully portrays the contemporary American experience on its own terms and in all of its diversity.

Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply offers a forty-year retrospective of the celebrated photographer’s work, from his early street photography in Harlem to his current images of Harlem gentrification. Photographs from all of Bey’s 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 critics—Sarah Lewis, Deborah Willis, David Travis, Hilton Als, Jacqueline Terrassa, Rebecca Walker, Maurice Berger, and Leigh Raiford—introduce 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, Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply demonstrates how one man’s search for community can produce a stunning portrait of our common humanity.


  • Introduction. The Art of Negotiation by Sarah Lewis
  • Harlem, U.S.A. Framing Harlem by Deborah Willis
  • Small Camera Work. The Daily Miracle by David Travis
  • Black-and-White Type 55 Polaroid Street Portraits. Young Man at a Tent Revival by Hilton Als
  • 20 × 24 Polaroid Works. From the Streets into the Studio by Dawoud Bey
  • Class Pictures. What Is the “Work”? by Jacqueline Terrassa
  • Character Project
  • Strangers/Community. For Now. by Rebecca Walker
  • The Birmingham Project. A Remembrance of Lives Lost by Maurice Berger
  • Harlem Redux. Harlem Redux by Leigh Raiford
  • Chronology
  • Plates
  • Acknowledgments

Dawoud Bey’s work is held by major collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In addition to the MacArthur fellowship, Bey’s honors include the United States Artists Guthman Fellowship, 2015; the Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, 2002; and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1991. He is Professor of Art and a former Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago.

“This is a magnificent achievement. Dawoud Bey is a modern master.”
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University

Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply is a timeless masterpiece for the ages. With its sincerity, concern, and attention to communities and lives lost, displaced, or erased, it is a documentary record for US history. I’ve never seen a book of this depth and magnitude about the intentions and thoughts of an artist’s own life and work.”
LaToya Ruby Frazier

“This book is a gold mine . . . a gift of a well-measured life. Throughout these pages, Bey graciously allows us to walk through his mind as he tussles with one of the great questions in photography: how best to describe a people at a particular historical moment? As both participant and observer, he delivers the answers!”
Carrie Mae Weems

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