©Dawoud Bey, A Boy in Front of the Loew’s 125th Street Movie Theater, Harlem, NY, from the series Harlem, U.S.A., 1976. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery

 

On the eve of a major retrospective organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and SFMOMA, where it opens February 15, Jon Feinstein writes about the empathetic photographic activism that informs the work of Dawoud Bey.