Lynsey Addario
Lynsey Addario

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.”

Artist Bios

  • Lynsey Addario

    Lynsey Addario

    Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who regularly works for The New York TimesNational Geographic, and TIME Magazine. Since September 11, 2001, Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She photographs feature stories on humanitarian and human rights issues across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa with a specific focus on women’s issues.

    In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey one of Five Most Influential Photographers of the Past 25 years, saying “she changed the way we saw the world’s conflicts.” In 2009, Addario was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for her “…dedication to demystifying foreign cultures and exposing the tragic consequences of human conflict…and providing a valuable historical record for future generations.”

    She was part of The New York Times team to win the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for her photographs in Talibanistan, published in The New York Times Magazine, and in 2015, she was nominated for an Emmy award for The Displaced, a photographic series and virtual reality film documenting the lives of three children displaced by war and conflict in Syria, South Sudan, and Ukraine.

    In 2016, the University of Wisconsin-Madison awarded her an honorary Doctoral degree in the Humanities for her professional accomplishments.

    She recently released a New York Times best selling memoir, It’s What I Do, which chronicles her personal and professional life as a photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world. It is her first book.

  • Wayne Lawrence

    Wayne Lawrence (b.1974) is a St. Kitts-born, Brooklyn-based visual artist whose work, rooted in the documentary tradition, seeks to illuminate the complexities of human experience, navigating ideas of community, purpose, and humanity’s relationship to our natural and adopted environments.

    Wayne’s photographs have been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art, the FLAG Art Foundation, Amerika Haus (Munich), the Open Society Institute, and the African American Museum of Philadelphia, among other galleries.

    His work has appeared on the covers of National Geographic and TIME and has been published by National Geographic magazine, The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerNew York MagazineAARPTIMERolling StoneVarietyMen’s Journal, Mother Jones, MareCOLORS, and Newsweek.

    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.

    Wayne is currently at work on his second book, Black Blood, an exploration of J’ouvert Carnival traditions in the eastern Caribbean.rt & Art history.


  • National Geographic

    National Geographic

    Established in 1888, National Geographic is a trusted print and digital publication offering stories that illuminate, inspire, and reveal. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultures, the sciences, and the natural world. We advance that mission by creating visually stunning, richly reported photojournalism and distinguished, impartial coverage of the globe’s most pressing issues. National Geographic (@natgeo) has more than 284 million followers.

As-Salaam Alaikum, America

 archive : 2018

Featuring: Lynsey Addario Wayne Lawrence

Curated by: James Welford

Presented by: National Geographic
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