In the symphony of American life, the nuances and harmonies of the Muslim community often remain unheard. “American Muslim Experience” seeks to change that, inviting viewers to embark on a visual journey that transcends stereotypes, embraces authenticity, and celebrates the kaleidoscope of experiences within the American Muslim diaspora.

The vision behind this project is to challenge preconceived notions and foster a deeper understanding of American Muslims. By capturing authentic moments of daily life, struggles, celebrations, and introspection, this documentary project aims to reveal the shared humanity that unites us all while celebrating the unique stories that make each individual a vital note in the composition of our collective narrative.

Artist Bios

  • Syed Yaqeen

    Syed Yaqeen, a Bangladeshi-born, Queens-raised photographer with over 15 years of experience, initially focused on editorials and fashion. In 2018, he diversified into documentary projects and nonprofit promotions. Projects included documenting an emergency medical team in Nepal and creating portraits for the “Muslims for American Progress” project by ISPU. Amid the COVID pandemic, Syed captured the humanitarian efforts of NYC nonprofits aiding vulnerable communities.

    Syed’s editorial and portrait work resulted in a month-long solo exhibition at the NYPL Mulberry St, and recognition as one of NYC’s “Best 10 Editorial Photographers”. His portrait images have been exhibited at Rutgers University, Ford Performing Arts Center, and multiple publications.

    His current focus revolves around exploring the nuances of Muslim communities in the USA.


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    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

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American Muslim Experience


Featuring: Syed Yaqeen

Presented by: Photoville
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