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.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Wayne Lawrence

Portrait of Grief

Washington Street and Prospect Street
 archive : 2020

Wayne Lawrence’s collaborative portraits of loss remove abstraction and remind us that every life lost during this pandemic is profound, and deeply personal.

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As-Salaam Alaikum, America

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2018

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.”

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Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2016

Photographer Wayne Lawrence is known for his sensitive and intimate portraits of Americans of every class, race, and creed. Lawrence spent a week in Orlando gathering the stories of a community that has been battered but not defeated. This story was a digital feature for National Geographic in June 2016.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Wayne Lawrence

Sep 212013

Artist Talk: Wayne Lawrence

INSTITUTE artist Wayne Lawrence will be in conversation with independent curator Elisabeth Biondi, discussing Lawrence’s new book, ‘Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera’.

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