In The Photography Workshop Series, Aperture Foundation works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches, teachings, and insights on photography—offering the workshop experience in a book. The goal is to inspire photographers of all levels who wish to improve their work, as well as readers interested in deepening their under- standing of the art of photography.
In this book, Dawoud Bey—well-known for his striking portraits that reflect both the individual and their larger community—offers his insight on creating meaningful and beautiful portraits that capture the subject and speak to something more universal. Through images and words, he shares his own creative process and discusses a wide range of issues, from approaching strangers and establishing relationships with subjects, to sensitively representing communities.
The work of Dawoud Bey (born in New York, 1953) is held by major collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Bey’s honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, the United States Artists Guthman Fellowship; Guggenheim Fellowship; and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. He is professor of art and a former Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago. His monograph Class Pictures was published by Aperture in 2007.