Profile: Wayne Lawrence (1974-)

Wayne Lawrence is a documentary photographer. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Early life and education

He was born in St. Kitts. His first visit to New York was when he was 16 years old. He then moved west and worked as a commercial carpenter. He attended Brooks Institute, Santa Barbara.


Lawrence is known for his photographic series called Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera and Black Orthodox.


He was selected by Photo District News as one of their 30 photographers to watch in 2010. He was awarded the American Photography Annual (2012, 2013), Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Portraiture (2013), The Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (2013), and International Photography Awards (2012).


He has exhibited at the FLAG Art Foundation, The Bronx Museum of Art, Amerika Haus(Munich), Open Society Institute, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, The Corridor Gallery and The Calumet Gallery.

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