Coinciding with the release of Dawoud Bey’s new monograph, Seeing Deeply (University of Texas Press, Austin, September 2018), Stephen Daiter Gallery is pleased to present Dawoud Bey: Polaroid Works.
On view at the gallery will be large-scale prints of Bey’s early black-and-white Polaroid street portraits created mostly in his Brooklyn community in the late 1980s and very early 1990s; as well as his subsequent 1990s–early 2000s project of 20 x 24 inch color Polaroid studio portraits. These two bodies of work complement one another in process and outcome – both shot with large format cameras producing prints instantly, and both exhibiting Bey’s innate ability to create a genuine connection with his subject no matter who or where they were. These works also represent a conceptual shift in Bey’s early working process, taking him from small-format street photography, ultimately to a controlled studio environment where he favored the intimacy of the quiet room and the descriptive qualities of the much larger negative.
Please join us for a reception at the gallery on Friday, September 28th, from 5-8pm. The exhibition parallels our exhibit at EXPO Chicago with Rena Bransten Gallery, where Bey’s most recent body of work Night Coming Tenderly, Black will be featured.