Curator Selection / 2023 / /

Maulid in Lamu

Tiny Lamu Island, just off the shore of Eastern Kenya in the Indian Ocean, is home to a charming medieval old town called Lamu Town. Most people in Lamu Island are of the Muslim faith, and Lamu Town hosts a yearly religious festival called Maulid (Mawlid), celebrating the birthday of Mohammed.
Millions of Muslims worldwide celebrate Maulid as a sign of respect and adoration for Mohammed, whom they believe to be God’s messenger. The version held in Lamu manages to be devotional but also joyous and festive.

France Leclerc, born in Quebec, Canada, is an independent photographer who currently lives in Chicago. Her early career was in academia, but she decided to make a change to pursue her true passion for photography. The most prominent themes of her work are culture (especially disappearing ones), gender, and social inequality. She likes to describe her work as “life photography”, though her approach is a mix between documentary and street photography.

Awards 2023 LensCulture Photography Festival, Third Place
2022 Miami Street Photography Festival, Third Place
2021 PX3 Gold Medal Street Photography Category
2021 PX3 Bronze Medal Press Category
2021 PX3 State of the World, Shortlisted
2021 Portrait of Humanity, Finalist
2021 IPA Award People and Lifestyle, Honorable Mention
2021 Siena International Photo Award, Journeys, and Adventure, Honorable Mention