MacArthur Fellow winner American photographer Daud Bay has increased and enhanced the presence of African Americans through his work since 1975.
“I was a musician before I became a photographer. I used to write and publish poetry when I was young, so I think I always had to express myself,” Bay said. “My godfather gave me a camera when I was 15. The following year, I went to see the” Harlem on My Mind “exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This was the first time I visited a museum I made. The experience of seeing pictures of ordinary African Americans on the walls of a museum began to show what I could do with the camera I got a year ago. “