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Oldest Genius: Photographer Dawoud Bey Named MacArthur Fellow

Of the 24 extraordinary people who the MacArthur Foundation just named as 2017 Fellows (commonly referred to as “Genius Grant” winners), one is a photographer. As the oldest recipient at age 64, Chicago-based photographer and educator Dawoud Bey photographs people and things that he says “might be taken for granted.”

Bey refers to himself as “an artist working in photography,” which aligns well with former recipients like Uta Barth whose conceptual work challenges the notion that “we all expect photographs to be pictures of something.” To many photographers, photography is considered as a very technical and literal medium, rather than a platform for communicating an idea.

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