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While delivering little new insight into photographer Bey's portraits (past publications include Dawoud Bey: The Chicago Projectand Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975-1995), this catalog for a traveling exhibition is not irrelevant. Bey began his career as a photographer documenting street life in 1970s Harlem, New York. For the last 15 years, he has been producing a series of photographs that strive to be, as he explains in the printed interview with artist Carrie Mae Weems, "both socially and aesthetically engaging." For this work, he visited a diverse group of schools for an extended residency, took large-scale pictures of the students there, and solicited autobiographical statements. It is a formula, but Bey's photos have a mesmerizing presence, and his collaboration seems to have empowered these student subjects. Most interesting is the unexpected relationship between the carefully framed and beautifully printed full-page color portraits and the students' raw statements on the facing page-proving Bey's project is hardly one-sided. Recommended for larger art collections or specific photography collections.