Dawoud Bey: The Chicago Project

Is it possible for a photographic portrait to reveal anything "real" about its subject?

As part of a twelve-week residency, acclaimed photographer Dawoud Bey asked this question of twelve teenagers from schools on Chicago's South Side. This fully illustrated book unpacks the process of Bey's ambitious residency and its products: a major exhibition pairing Bey's portraits of each student with audio portraits created by award-winng radio producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister (included here on CD), as well as an exhibition of portraits curated by the students themselves.


Dawoud Bey with Dan Collison, Elizabeth Meister, Stephanie Smith, and Jacqueline Terrassa, including contributions by DeMarco Anderson, Sara Azarmi, Theresa Bailey, Kevin Brown, Simone Bullen, Julia Halpern, Kenneth Roberson, Christopher Robinson, Steven Sinclair, Leah (Molly) Walsh, and Carolyn Yates

Publication date

October 2003


Paper, 96 pages, 12 color plates, 20 black-and-white illustrations, and audio CD



Purchase this catalogue

Available for $25 online through the University of Chicago Press or in person at the Smart Museum Shop