Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy - Kevin

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Dawoud Bey , b. Nov 25, 1953


40 in. x 32 in. (101.6 cm x 81.28 cm)

Medium and Support: Pigment print
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Accession Number: 2011.28


Kevin is one of Dawoud Bey’s numerous large-scale color photographic portraits of high school students comprising the series, Class Pictures. For the project, Bey photographed diverse students from public and private schools across the U.S. including Phillips Academy and Lawrence High School as well as Detroit, Orlando, San Francisco, and New York City.

At the start of the sitting, each subject wrote a brief autobiographical statement that was not shared with Bey until after the portrait was taken. By turns poignant, funny, or harrowing, these revealing words are an integral part of the project. Describing his process, Bey writes “I want to try to make the fullest, most interesting and compelling visual description of the person and then, hopefully when you put the two of them together--my visual voice with their literary voice--you end up with this more dimensional thing.”

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