Erin Lefevre
Erin Lefevre
Erin Lefevre
Erin Lefevre
Erin Lefevre

“I always had a happy life…I never had a sad life before, but sometimes I get confused–I struggle a little bit,” says my now 20-year-old brother, Liam, at our grandmother’s apartment in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.

In 2014 I began photographing my brother’s day-to-day life, to try and better understand how he sees the world. At an early age, Liam was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Liam’s World focuses on depicting a more faithful portrayal of living with autism. Each image contains a handwritten caption by Liam, describing his thoughts and feelings. Having Liam write his own captions allows him to have authority over how his story is shared.

This work has helped me to better understand who my brother is as a person, and how he exists in the world. Liam’s World aims to amplify my brother’s voice, and it also inspires people living with disabilities to share their own stories.


Artist Bios

  • Erin Lefevre

    Erin Lefevre is an award-winning documentary photographer from New York City. She got her start in photojournalism by interning at MLive/The Muskegon Chronicle in Michigan and later at The Hawk Eye Newspaper in Burlington, Iowa. After her internship, she began her freelance career. Erin is equally passionate about teaching: she has taught photography to middle and high students with the Brooklyn Public Library, International Center of Photography, Community Heroes, and within NYC public schools. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and an Associate degree in Photography from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Erin completed her Master’s degree in Adolescent Special Education from Pace University in New York City. Erin currently works as a photography and special education teacher in New York City public schools.

    Her work appears in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, British Journal of Photography, Bloomberg News, BuzzFeed News, Huffington Post, and ProPublica amongst others. She has exhibited her photography both nationally and internationally, including the Lumix Festival for Young Visual Journalism and a solo exhibition at Photoville 2020. Accolades of Erin’s work include the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019, the first-place recipient of the 2018 Getty Images Creative Bursary Grant, and the 2017 Missouri Photo Workshop “Spirit of the Workshop” award.


  • Photoville


    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.

    For more information about Photoville visit,

Liam’s World

 archive : 2020

Featuring: Erin Lefevre

Presented by: Photoville
  • Photoville


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What do you know about autism? Do you see anything in the images that confirms or contradicts what you know?

Who is speaking through the text on the images? How does that text change your understanding of the photos?

Is it possible to photograph something that is invisible to the eye? If so, how?

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