Outside a Lawson portrait you might be working three jobs, just keeping your head above water, struggling.

But inside her frame you are beautiful, imperious, unbroken, unfallen,’ – Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, April 2018

The American photographer Deana Lawson is acclaimed as one of the most compelling photographers of her generation. In her work seeks to express the personal power of her models. Over the last fifteen years she has developed a visual language that could be characterized as intimate ‘environmental portraits’.

The central figures in her portraits are often half-clad or naked. They are positioned in settings brimming with details of great iconographic significance that contribute towards the narrative of the image and evoke the purported identity of the central figures.