Born in 1979, Deana Lawson is an American photographer who focuses on intimacy while capturing Black bodies. She often approaches strangers who interest her on the street, establishing a relationship with them and building the trust which characterises her work as a photographer.
When looking at her work it is evident that she is drawn to the personal sphere; Deana often captures her subjects in their home environment.
Deana completed her Master in Fine Art Photography in 2004 and has won several awards ever since. Deana Lawson’s work has been exhibited at MoMa, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and KIT Museum in Dusseldorf, to name a few.
She has famously said, “Many subjects have expressed that because I am a woman they have felt comfortable posing for my camera. I am always honored and appreciative to be let in. I understand that it is a privilege.”
Most recently Deana was featured at Guggenheim with her exhibition Centropy after winning The Hugo Boss Prize 2020.