(b. 1974) Wayne Lawrence is a documentary photographer of West Indian heritage based in Brooklyn, New York. His work is a visual diary of his life experiences throughout the African Diaspora and focuses on individuals and rituals within communities otherwise overlooked by the mainstream media.
His photographs have been exhibited at the Open Society Institute, The African American Museum of Philadelphia, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, The Corridor Gallery and The Calumet Gallery and have appeared in publications such as Esquire, Essence, Newsweek, Trace, Vibe, XXL and Repubblica XXL.
In 2003 he was awarded a Life magazine award at The Eddie Adams Workshop and is also the recipient of a Katrina Media Fellowship in 2006 from the Open Society Institute in support of his work as a member of the Kamoinge Photographers Collective.