Working closely with her subjects on setting, lighting, and pose, photographer Deana Lawson creates intimate depictions of Black bodies interacting in both public and private spaces. Although she began her career focusing on telling African American stories through photographs, since 2013 she has expanded her interest in Black lives globally and has traveled to countries such as Ethiopia, Haiti, and Jamaica.
Through a selection of more than 50 works from 2004 to the present, Deana Lawson features the full range of the artist’s career to date and establishes a narrative arc of her expansive vision for the first time. The exhibition represents a return to PS1 for Lawson, whose photographs were featured in the museum’s signature exhibition series Greater New York in 2010 and 2015.
Image: Deana Lawson, Coulson Family, 2008 / photo courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art