THE BRONX, 2009. Ana, from the series “Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera.” (Photo: Wayne Lawrence)

Wayne Lawrence

“So many of us walk around in prison our whole lives and some of us are lucky enough to find whatever it is we need to find to get our freedom. And, for me, photography has done that.”


Wayne Lawrence is a St.Kitts-born documentary photographer based in Brooklyn. His work represents a visual diary of his life’s journey and focuses on communities otherwise overlooked by mainstream media.  Lawrence’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 been published by National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, TIME, Smithsonian, L'Offciciel, Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, The Sunday Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Mare, COLORS 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.