a young Muslim girl buying ice cream from a truck from the series Muslims in America

As-Salaam Alaikum, America

19 Jul 2018 2018 OUTDOOR

“As-Salaam Alaikum, America” highlights the rich diversity of Muslim communities across the United States, photographed on assignment for National Geographic by Lynsey Addario and Wayne Lawrence.

Featuring: Lynsey Addario, Wayne Lawrence

Presented by

National Geographic

Curated by

James Welford, Senior Photo Editor


The Muslim community (Ummah) in the United States numbers over three million people and is spread across all 50 states in both urban and rural areas. From new arrivals to those communities that have lived in the country for generations, Muslims represent one of the most diverse and dynamic groups in the country. National Geographic photographers Lynsey Addario and Wayne Lawrence documented Muslims across the United States from the large communities in Dearborn, Michigan, to greater Los Angeles, metropolitan New York City, rural Pennsylvania, and Texas. In the words of Lynsey Addario, “this body of work intends to capture a more intimate, nuanced view of Muslims in America, while focusing on their vast racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity.”


Award-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario regularly works for National Geographic, the New York Times, and TIME magazine. Since 9/11, she’s covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She also photographs stories on humanitarian and human rights issues across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa with a focus on women’s issues. A highly acclaimed photojournalist, Lynsey was part of the New York Times team to win the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. In 2015, American Photo magazine named Lynsey one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years. An Emmy nominee, she’s also received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and two honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Bates College. The New York Times best-seller “It’s What I Do” is her first book.

Wayne Lawrence is a St.Kitts-born documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. His work represents a visual diary of his life’s journey and focuses on communities otherwise overlooked by mainstream media. His first monograph, “Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera,” was released by Prestel Publishing in October 2013, with accompanying exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of Art and The FLAG Art Foundation. Lawrence has photographed five stories for the National Geographic including the Flint Water Crisis and Taking Back Detroit.


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