Cool class pictures:  Dawoud Bey's Polaroid Portraits

Cool class pictures: Dawoud Bey's Polaroid Portraits

I was just at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (on the campus of Columbia College Chicago) for an art education event.  I saw the above photograph(s) and WHOA.  

I thought, "Who's responsible for this coolness?"  

The answer: Dawoud Bey

It gets cooler.  Bey made this and many other HUGE (20 x 24) Polaroid photos during a residency at Columbia College and Providence-St. Mel High School in Chicago in 1993.  

 Each rectangle is a 20 x 24 Polaroid!

Each rectangle is a 20 x 24 Polaroid!

He was given a large format Polaroid camera and an office, that became his studio, at PSM.  Students who worked with Bey got their own Polaroid cameras and engaged in discussions about photography and art.  He took pictures of them and they got to see the massive results real time!

Check this out for an idea of how big they are:

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Bey's work was displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, alongside the students small Polaroids.  

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So good, right?  If you wanna geek out and learn all the deets, watch this 16 minute video on the partnership:

Cool fact:  Bey still lives in Chicago.

Last thing, quick plug for the Museum of Contemporary Photography.  This Saturday, August 26th, at 10am, they're having a family day, complete with photo scavenger hunt for kids.  More info here.  

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