The Easel

Celebrated photographer Dawoud Bey, retrospective opens at the High Museum

Bey’s first-ever visit to a museum left him thinking that such institutions excluded black Americans. His career has helped change that through his “magnificent” portrait photography. He has a trademark style – the relaxed demeanor of his subjects, his empathetic view, the “richness of black lives”. Says a curator “He is emphasizing the power of representation and … really, the act of being seen is a political act.”