The visual chronicles of photojournalist Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

For the past 20 years, Barrayn has been travelling to Senegal, interested in its majority Muslim population and its heavily Sufi-influenced culture. Because she was raised in a Sufi household, the culture she's found in Senegal has resonated deeply with her. The images Barrayn creates are explosions of color, spirit, and even admiration. Her work is respectful of the communities she has been visiting while also maintaining an intimacy you don’t get as a casual interloper. Barrayn is also the cofounder of the photography journal MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora with artist and educator Adama Delphine Fawundu.

Elyssa Goodman, Vice, July 5, 2018