Ozier Muhammad: Behind the Lense

Ozier Muhammad / New York Times

When we think of journalism, we think of words. But what about the old saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Often, the photographs that accompany news stories can be just as impactful as the stories themselves.

Ozier Muhammad is currently a photojournalist with the New York Times, where he has worked since 1992, but he’s held positions at a multitude of impressive establishments over the years. A graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, he worked at Ebony Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, and Newsday. Though his work focuses mostly on Africa, he has traveled all over the world for those perfect shots, including Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, and more. In 1985, Muhammad was awarded a Pulitzer Prize along with Josh Friedman and Dennis Bell for their work in creating a series of articles called Africa, The Desperate Continent for Newsday.

In addition, his photography was showcased in the 2000 book, One Hundred Jobs: A Panorama of Work in the American City, by Ron Howell.


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