Robin Michals | COMD 1340 Photography 1 OL89 | FAll 2020

Find Your Voice (HW1)- Beverly Chetram

Dawoud Bey is a famous American photographer. Bey has experienced hearing loss at a young age. But with loss to hear, he expresses himself through his vision & sight. He uses photography as an expression to showcase different views on things. As he produced a book of his photos, published by the University of Texas Press, “Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply”. “An impressive 40-year retrospective of his work in a 400-page book” quoted in a New York Times Article.

A Couple in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1990. From the “Black-and-White Type 55 Polaroid Street Portraits” series.

A Couple in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1990. From the “Black-and-White Type 55 Polaroid Street Portraits” series.Credit…Dawoud Bey/University of Texas Press

This photo shows a couple in a park. The park is Prospect Park located in Brooklyn, New York. This photo captures the time of 1990. It reveals how people were dressed, it holds a moment that was once in time for this couple. The feel of this man and woman prideful to be amongst each other’s arms and on this date in a park, in love. The way they are dressed as well, you feel as if a different era of time.

Carrie Mae Weems is an American artist who works with text, fabric, audio, digital images, and is best known for her work in photography. She is known for producing works that combine photography, audio, and text. She uses her skill to examine aspects of existing American life. Kitchen Table Series is the first produced works dedicated solely by the American artist Carrie Mae Weems. The 20 photographs and 14 text panels that make up Kitchen Table Series. “The Kitchen Table series” tell a story of one woman’s life, as conducted in the intimate setting of her kitchen. “The kitchen table” series project shows the dissimilar voices from the evaluation of women. The kitchen is a primary space that portray a traditional domain of woman. She portrays and frames a story of her own. She reveals her relations of lovers, children, her friends and a sense of her own. In various projects, she reveals strength, sensitivity, solitude, and etc of mixed emotions.

Cover Photo of the book “Kitchen Table Series” By Carrie Mae Weems.

The cover photo of Carrie Mae Weem’s Book, “Kitchen Table Series presents the author herself at a kitchen table. She sits at a kitchen table with a vanity mirror and a few lipsticks with a little girl. The little girl could be her daughter or niece. They both have mirrors and lipsticks, bonding with beauty. This moment of innocence, femininity and motherhood in one.

Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems both use photography to express there voice. They both represent different messages within each of there photos in the style of black and white images. Capturing moments that express a message of their perspectives for a viewer to have any understanding and emotion. Both photographers use people and particular settings to photograph in order to represent the moments of time they want to be portrayed.

1 Comment

  1. rmichals

    You picked photos from each photographer that are about human relationships. You found common ground between them.

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