The Woman in the Light, Harlem, New York. 1980. by Dawoud Bey.
Specifications of The Woman in the Light, Harlem, New York. 1980.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Dawoud Bey
In a sealed protective envelope
*Please note that the glossiness of the envelope might have caused some glare in the pictures
Statement from Dawoud Bey on the back of print “The Woman in the Light, Harlem, New York. 1980.”
“Photographs are nominally related to life as we know it, even as they are clearly not life itself. In the best cases, a photograph can elevate the experience of mundane everyday circumstance and transform it into an entirely new experience that both acknowledges and transcends what was there. And so it is with this photograph that I came to call The Woman in the Light. It was made in Harlem, New York, in 1980, in the kitchen of two friends (not these two) during a time when I religiously carried my small 35 mm camera with me at all times. What the woman in the photograph is doing is incidental to the picture you see, since she never knowingly participated in that moment, except by accident. She could be singing, praying, or lost in momentary reverie. All would be true, yet none of them are.”
David Hurn is a self-taught photographer who began his career in 1955 as an assistant at the Reflex Agency. Whilst a freelance photographer, he gained his early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.
Hurn eventually turned away from coverage of current affairs preferring to take a more personal approach to photography.
He became an associate member of Magnum in 1965 and a full member in 1967.
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