About the Photographer
American, b. 1979
Deanna Lawson’s images negotiate issues of identity, sexuality, family, and spirituality through the examination of the body. Collaborating with the strangers she depicts, Lawson creates staged portraits informed by the materiality and aesthetics of black culture across the globe. Inspired by her own family albums in conversation the tradition of figurative portraiture, Lawson’s work combines both formal and informal aesthetics. Often photographing her subjects in their homes, Lawson is interested in in creating a sense of intimacy with her subjects and the environments they inhabit.