New York City, NY
Deana Lawson (b. 1979, Rochester, NY) creates images of Black diasporic identity that powerfully evoke the self-possession and divinity of her subjects. Lawson photographs individuals encountered in the course of her daily life in staged domestic or natural settings, carefully choreographing details of scenery, lighting, and pose.
At once dreamlike and entrenched in the mundane, her works present an overarching vision of the human capacity for spiritual transcendence in the everyday.
In 2020, Lawson became the first photographer to receive the Hugo Boss Prize, a biennial award administered by the Guggenheim Museum that honors significant achievement in contemporary art. Her medium- and large-format works channel art-historical, documentary, and other traditions within the medium.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website