Last February 2008, Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems were in conversation discussing the work from Bey’s acclaimed book and exhibition, on view at the time at Aperture Gallery, "Class Pictures" (Aperture, 2007).

"Class Pictures" features Bey’s striking, large-scale color portraits of students at high schools across the United States. Depicting teenagers from a wide economic, social, and ethnic spectrum—and intensely attentive to their poses and gestures—he has created a highly diverse group portrait of a generation that challenges teenage stereotypes.

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