“We need our own documenters. We need our own storytellers.”
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is an award-winning photographer based in New York City. Her work explores social bonds and collective histories around subjects as varied as resistance movements in West African Sufism to queer identities among Black women in New York City. She’s the co-author of the book, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, which is one of the few books capturing Black women photographers. The book is currently sold out, and will be reprinted in spring 2021.
Host Damita Brown speaks with Barrayn about the importance of Black photographers in this moment, the importance of capturing Black beauty, and the importance of photography in Black storytelling.
Barrayn will give a virtual lecture Wednesday, September 16th, through the UW-Madison Art Department Visiting Artist Colloquium series. The event is free and open to the public, and begins at 5pm. More information available here.