Picturing Bed-stuy by Richard J. Goldstein

Deana Lawson’s photographs are steeped in her community. And just last week she brought the work back to Bed-Stuy in a talk at Brownstone Books. She spoke about work featured in her recently published catalogue Corporeal.

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Latoya with Sister, Appropriated Image, eBay Purchase, 2008, original date unknown.

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Diva at 73 Years Old, Pigment Print, 2009.

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Deana Lawson at Brownstone.

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Mary-Ann Monforton and Morris Shuman at Brownstone Books.

Deana Lawson’s photographs are steeped in her community. And just last week she brought the work back to Bed-Stuy in a talk at Brownstone Books. She spoke about work featured in her recently published catalogueCorporeal. Rooted by questions of the family album she investigates the phenomenon of the arresting beauty of the framed moment. Without sentiment, Lawson pushes on and into the lives of her subjects in which dialogue on representation’s process unfolds. Lawson’s subjects are collaborators in the creative act capturing themselves creating themselves.

At the talk, she opened up the work for discussion by the community. Several of her subjects were present and shared their experience working with Lawson from the other side of the lens. This back and forth brought so much more meaning to looking at photographs. More artist talks at Brownstone Books organized by Bed-Stuy locals Mary-Ann Monforton and Morris Shuman are slated to come.

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“Venus Dancer,” Pigment Print, 2007.

Deana Lawson is currently a LMCC resident. March 7, you will be able to see her work at the LMCC “Works-in-Progress Open Studios” at 77 Water Street. She will be participating in Scope NY 2010 as well.

Richard Goldstein is a Brooklyn-based painter and writer.

Consider the Pearl by Richard J. Goldstein
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