Wayne Lawrence


(b.1974) Wayne Lawrence is a St.Kitts born documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. His work represents a visual diary of his life’s journey and focuses on communities otherwise overlooked by mainstream media.

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 been published by The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, TIME, 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.

Wayne’s work is in the private collection of Glenn Fuhrman, The FLAG Art Foundation, MSD Capital, L.P.


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

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

International Photography Awards - People Photographer of the Year, 2012

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

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