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Homevision DVD, 2004. Bey, Dawoud (David Edward Smikle) (1953– ) photographer, educator One of today’s leading portrait photographers, Dawoud Bey captures the psychological makeup of his subjects in large-scale color photographs. Born David Edward Smikle on November 25, 1953, in Jamaica, Queens, New York, he knew he wanted to be a photographer after viewing the landmark exhibition Harlem on My Mind at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan at age 15. He was particularly impressed by the photographs of black photographer JaMes van der zee.

W. Norton, 2002, pp. 14, 37, 38–39, 44–45, 46, 47, 49–53. Bearden, Romare (Fred Romare Howard Bearden) (1911–1988) painter, collagist, printmaker, art historian A major innovator in American 20th-century art, Romare Bearden plumbed the African-American experience in a wide range of styles from social realism to abstract expressionism to his own unique collage-paintings. He was born Fred Romare Howard Bearden on September 2, 1911, into a middle-class black family in Charlotte, North Carolina. The family moved to New York City when he was nine and settled in the Harlem section.

Soon Booker was combining tires with other discarded materials to create intriguing works such as Dorothy Shoes (1994), which evokes the magical shoes from Wizard of Oz, without the magic. Her 20-foot-high tire relief, It’s So Hard to Be Green, was featured at the 2001 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. Other works have a more feminist focus, such as Wench (Wrench) III (2001), which features a mechanics wrench (masculine) being transformed into a feather boa (feminine). Booker has transformed some of her tire art into clothes, such as vests and necklaces that she hopes to someday sell as part of her own fashion line.

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