Deana Lawson’s work is undeniably intimate. The artist and photographer’s new exhibition “Planes” at The Underground Museum in Los Angeles transports the viewer the into bedrooms and living spaces of everyday people. Her subjects gaze at the camera with an air of familiarity, as if the picture were a family portrait or a personal snapshot taken by a lover.
While Lawson’s images feel like candid private moments, they’re actually meticulously staged. The photographer arrives at a shoot with a bag of props and arranges a still life composition, with everything from the pictures on the wall to the subject’s nail varnish conveying a layer of meaning.
The artist’s work focuses on the everyday lives of the black families in the US and abroad. Speaking to The Cut, the photographer explained that her work celebrates her subjects: “It’s about setting a different standard of values and saying that everyday black lives, everyday experiences, are beautiful, and powerful, and intelligent.”
“Planes” is on now and runs until February 17. Browse through images from the exhibition above and head to The Underground Museum to find out more.
The Underground Museum 3508 West Washington Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90018
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