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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

LONNIE DAWKINS

LONNIE DAWKINS

Artist Work

Mother and Child
2007
Photography
16 x 20
A Child Says Goodbye
2011
Photography
11 x 14
Friends at the Bus Stop
2009
Photography
20 x 16
Watering the Grass
2009
Photography
16 x 20
People Lamps
2010
Photography
16 x 20
Young Girl Ebony
2007
Photography
20 x 16

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I speak through photography to highlight people and situations that may not readily be seen. For example, I photographed some alternative high school students and displayed their images museum style in the school cafeteria in order that the students could see their beauty. As a result they saw themselves differently and it helped change their behavior and respect for each other. My work is mostly portraiture and I strive to show the subject a different and more positive self image. Clients have included Shoppers Food Warehouse, Prince George’s County Political Campaigns, Rita’s Ice, Women’s League of Voters, and others. I photograph special events, corporate executives, families, models, actors, and children. I also do documentary photography such as the crowds and lines of people who waited overnight in the dark to pay respect to President Ronald Reagan and Rosa Parks as they lay in state in the Capitol in Washington, DC. These are scenes that few see up close and are different from the national media view. Funeral photography is another interest as this is an occasion to document family history and the tributes paid to individuals. This photography focuses more on the mourners than the deceased. These images provide comfort to families and can become priceless. I studied photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and at the Prince George’s Community College.