Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is an award-winning documentary photographer whose work functions as a tool for activism, fighting oppression, and liberation. Born and based in Brooklyn, New York, Barrayn is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and has been published in Vogue, National Geographic, the Washington Post, The Nation, and many other major publications. Additionally, she is the co-author of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, the first anthology in nearly 30 years that highlights photography produced by women of African descent.
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Upcoming Events in this Series
Nineteenth-century spirit photographs continue to delight and amuse us. But why and now were these photographs made? Historic Process Specialist Nick Brandreth and Associate Curator Heather A. Shannon use objects in the museum's collection to dive into these questions.
For this first panel, Alejandro Cartagena, Sean McFarland, and Will Wilson will discuss the ways their work engages with environmental issues, including pollution and climate change.
Experiments in silver chloride date to the eighteenth century, but the chemistry was not fully understood until William Henry Fox Talbot conducted tests in the 1830s. In this virtual talk, Process Historian Mark Osterman will share what Talbot built upon and then perfected.