Joey Lawrence is a young Canadian photographer, based in New York, however his work often takes him all over the world leading to a somewhat nomadic existence. Joey’s main interest outside of photography is travel and he combines the two by documenting all his trips, over the past 12 months he has visited India, Romania, Moldova, Ethiopia and Indonesia often living with the local people and tribes he meets, absorbing himself within their cultures and traditions and photographing the people and their lives.

Rather than a “traditional” documentary photographer Joey treats his subjects in the same way as he would approach a commercial shoot, “why should I travel all the way to Africa and use a different approach just because I am photographing someone of a different culture, I decided to approach my travel subjects the same way I approach the band and commercial shoots; giving them the same level of care and attention”.

Joey was recently awarded the 1st place in the International Photography Awards for his Abyssinia project, shot in Eithiopia’s Omo Valley, and featuring portraits of the various warring tribes that occupy the valley.

As well as a celebrated stills photographer, Joey also works with film, and has shot music videos for Underground Operations, South Bayeau and Big & Dirty Records.



Verizon, Nickelodeon, History channel, FX Channel, Smirnoff, Pennzoil, Kawasaki, Summit Entertainment, Forbes, Services for the Underserved, The Government of Abu Dhabi

“Joey L. is an entirely new breed of photographer who brings photojournalism to the fine art arena. The dignity and beauty that he portrays in peoples of rapidly vanishing cultures are incredibly important in getting their message out to the world.” —Dr. Peter Keller, President, Bowers Museum

“These exquisite images evoke in the most powerful and glorious way the place of origin of all humanity. From Africa, 40,000 years ago, our human ancestors began their great journey and within 2500 generations carried the human imagination to every corner of the habitable world. ” —Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer, Ethnobotanist, Anthropologist, Author

“Joey L’s subjects present themselves with an artistry which bridges the gap between them and the viewer. We see their frailty, and their pride and resilience in confronting our myopia, which condemns them as backward, dispensable, and moribund ‘primitives’. Joey L’s art penetrates their exoticism and shows us the sheer beauty of our shared humanity, with all its tragedy and hope.” —Stephen Corry, Director, Survival International

“The images are breath taking and this collection is alive with the all universal vibrations of our existence” —DMC, Musician




Holy Men 2012

Abyssinia 2010


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