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Dawoud Bey

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Dawoud Bey Biography

Dawoud Bey is a photographer and educator whose portraits of people, many from marginalized communities, compel viewers to consider the reality of the subjects' own social presence and histories. Through his expansive approach to photography—which includes deep engagement with his subjects and museum-based projects—Bey is making institutional spaces more accessible to the communities in which they are situated.

Bey has focused on the construction of collective identity, history, and memory. In "Class Pictures", young people from various educational institutions throughout the United States provided written texts about themselves to accompany Bey's photographs of them, creating another layer of evocative self-definition. In "The Birmingham Project", he commemorates the lives of six children killed in the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and its aftermath in Birmingham, Alabama, through a series of portraits of Birmingham residents whose ages correspond either to the ages of the children in 1963 or to how old they would have been fifty years later in 2013. In another project, "Harlem Redux", Bey returns to the site of his first project, "Harlem, U.S.A.", but in this instance, he focuses on the urban landscape and its transformation spurred by gentrification. Through his own work and long-time commitment to educating and mentoring young artists, Bey is redefining the role of photography and portraiture as active agents in the examination and formation of communities.

Bey received a B.F.A. from Empire State College of the State University of New York and an M.F.A. from Yale University. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Walker Art Center, the National Portrait Gallery (London), and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. In 1998, he joined the faculty of Columbia College Chicago, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Photography and a former Distinguished College Artist. In 2017, he was named a MacArthur 'Genius Grant' Fellow.

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  • How do I book Dawoud Bey to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Dawoud Bey for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Dawoud Bey, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Dawoud Bey or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Dawoud Bey

    Speaking fees for Dawoud Bey, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Dawoud Bey are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Dawoud Bey, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Dawoud Bey speak about?

    Dawoud Bey is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Art, Arts & Humanities, Business, Culture, Education, Photography, Real Estate.
  • Where does Dawoud Bey travel from?

    Dawoud Bey generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Dawoud Bey’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Dawoud Bey for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dawoud Bey for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Dawoud Bey or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Dawoud Bey Biography

Dawoud Bey is a photographer and educator whose portraits of people, many from marginalized communities, compel viewers to consider the reality of the subjects' own social presence and histories. Through his expansive approach to photography—which includes deep engagement with his subjects and museum-based projects—Bey is making institutional spaces more accessible to the communities in which they are situated.

Bey has focused on the construction of collective identity, history, and memory. In "Class Pictures", young people from various educational institutions throughout the United States provided written texts about themselves to accompany Bey's photographs of them, creating another layer of evocative self-definition. In "The Birmingham Project", he commemorates the lives of six children killed in the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and its aftermath in Birmingham, Alabama, through a series of portraits of Birmingham residents whose ages correspond either to the ages of the children in 1963 or to how old they would have been fifty years later in 2013. In another project, "Harlem Redux", Bey returns to the site of his first project, "Harlem, U.S.A.", but in this instance, he focuses on the urban landscape and its transformation spurred by gentrification. Through his own work and long-time commitment to educating and mentoring young artists, Bey is redefining the role of photography and portraiture as active agents in the examination and formation of communities.

Bey received a B.F.A. from Empire State College of the State University of New York and an M.F.A. from Yale University. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Walker Art Center, the National Portrait Gallery (London), and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. In 1998, he joined the faculty of Columbia College Chicago, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Photography and a former Distinguished College Artist. In 2017, he was named a MacArthur 'Genius Grant' Fellow.

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  • How do I book Dawoud Bey to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Dawoud Bey for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Dawoud Bey, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Dawoud Bey or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Dawoud Bey

    Speaking fees for Dawoud Bey, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Dawoud Bey are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Dawoud Bey, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Dawoud Bey speak about?

    Dawoud Bey is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Art, Arts & Humanities, Business, Culture, Education, Photography, Real Estate.
  • Where does Dawoud Bey travel from?

    Dawoud Bey generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Dawoud Bey’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Dawoud Bey for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dawoud Bey for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Dawoud Bey or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Dawoud Bey is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dawoud Bey for your event is available upon request. Dawoud Bey generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ingrid Gould Ellen, Asiaha Butler, Jesse Van Tol, Cornelius Swart and Lance Freeman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dawoud Bey for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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