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How a Book about Black Women Photographers was Created, Funded and Published

September 11, 2017

By David Walker

© Samantha Box

From Samantha Box’s series, “The Shelter, The Street.” In her book about contemporary women photographers of African descent, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn wanted to highlight “people who hadn’t gotten much recognition,” she says.

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn discusses the challenges of publishing Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, and her aspirations for the book. PDN: What motivated you to publish the work of black women photographers, and what’s your goal? Laylah Amatullah Barrayn: I was inspired by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe’s 1986 book Viewfinders: Black Women Photographers. She highlighted the work of black women photographers...

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