Dawoud Bey | Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto
November 24 – December 22, 2018
Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto
Opening Reception and Book Signing November 24, 2-5pm
Guided Tour of the Exhibition with Dawoud Bey November 24, 3pm
Stephen Bulger Gallery presents Places in History, their first solo exhibition of work by Dawoud Bey, presented in conjunction with the release of his most recent monograph Seeing Deeply, published by University of Texas Press, 2018.
Dawoud Bey is an American photographer and educator renowned for his large-scale colour portraits of adolescents and other often marginalized subjects. This exhibition presents works from four distinct series. The earliest work is from “HARLEM USA”, a series that reconnected Bey with the neighbourhood where his parents first met, and where he visited the family as a child. Bey began photographing in the streets of Harlem in 1975 with a small format camera while reacquainting himself with the neighbourhood and engaging with the people he had glimpsed from the car window years before. Over a five year period, he eventually became a permanent fixture at public events taking place in the community, such as block parties, tent revival meetings, and anywhere else where people gathered. He experienced transformational relationships and exchanges with people he met, and it is in those relationships and the lives of the people that these pictures recall that the deeper meaning of these photographs can be found.
Download Stephen Bulger Gallery's official press release for the exhibition.