(b.1974) Wayne Lawrence 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 man’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 Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, AARP, TIME, Rolling Stone, Variety, Men’s Journal,, 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. 


Wayne is currently at work on his second book, Black Blood, an exploration of J’ouvert carnival traditions in the Eastern Caribbean. 



National Geographic Magazne, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, AARP, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, GQ, GQ Style, The Wall Street Journal, Refinery 29, Inc., L'Officiel, Document Journal, Men’s Health, Bloomberg Business Week, Airbnb, Chapter SF, 

BOOK: Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera (Prestel 2013) 


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Diversify Photo: Photoville, NYC, 2018 

Muslims in America: Photoville, NYC, 2018 

Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera, Amerika Haus, Munich, February 2014 – April 2014 

Taking Back Detroit: Detroit, Michigan 2015 

After Tears, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Fall 2014 

Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera, The Bronx Museum of Art, New York, October 2013 – February 2014 

Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, October 2013 – December 2013 

International Photography Awards, Best of Show Exhibition, Santa Monica, October 2012 

PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers, Clarke/Oshin Gallery, Los Angeles, April 2010 

Kamoinge: In The Moment, Calumet Gallery, New York, February 2010 

Positivity: Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, June 2008 

Moving Walls 14, Open Society Institute, New York, March 2008 

Kamoinge: Revealing The Face Of Katrina, HP Gallery at Calumet Photographic, New York, 2007. 

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, African American Museum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2005 

Message In The Masquerade, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, 2005  



Light Work Artist in Residence - September 2014 

The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions In Photographic Portraiture – PDN Photo Annual, 2013 (The Black Orthodox) 

The Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship, 2013 (The Black Orthodox) 

PDN Photo Annual - 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 

International Photography Awards - International Photographer of the Year Finalist, 2012 

International Photography Awards - People Photographer of the Year, 2012 

American Photography 28, 29, and 31 Selected, (Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera - 2012 / The Black Orthodox – 2013), World Cup Brazil 

PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers, New York 2010 

Sony Emerging Photographer Award (Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera) – PDN Photo Annual, 2010 

Katrina Media Fellowship, Open Society Institute, New York, 2008