Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Photographer / Curator

MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora


Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is an award-winning documentary photographer working in the medium for 20 years. She was recently named one of the 100 Heroines by the Royal Photographic Society of the United Kingdom.  She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and has been also published by the BBC, The Washington Post, Le Point Afrique, OkayAfrica, Vogue, among other publications. She has exhibited at Brighton Photo Biennial (UK), Galleria Biagiotti (Italy), Open Ateliers Zuidoost Gallery (Holland), Rencontres d'Arles (France) and The Museum of Contemporary Photography (USA) among other institutions. She is a 2017 African Great Lakes Reporting Fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation. Barrayn is the co-author of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. It is the first publication in nearly 30 years that features photography produced by women of African descent.

Photo by Aidah Z. Muhammad