Amani Willett is a Brooklyn and Boston-based photographer whose practice is driven by conceptual ideas surrounding family, history, memory, and the social environment. Working primarily with the book form, his two monographs have been published to widespread critical acclaim. Both books, Disquiet (Damiani, 2013) and The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer (Overlapse, 2017), were selected by Photo-Eye as “best books” of the year and have been highlighted in over 50 publications including ​Photograph Magazine, PDN,​ ​Hyperallergic, Lensculture, New York Magazine and 1000 Words​ and recommended by ​Todd Hido,​ ​Elisabeth Biondi (former Visuals Editor of The New Yorker), Vince Aletti and Joerg Colberg (Conscientious), among others.

Amani’s photographs are also featured in the books​ Bystander: A History of Street Photography (2017 edition, Laurence King Publishing), ​Street Photography Now​ (Thames and Hudson), ​New York: In Color​ (Abrams), and have been published widely in places including A​merican Photography,​ Newsweek​,​ Harper’s,​ ​The Huffington Post, The New York Times and The New York Review of Books​.​ His work resides in the collections of the Tate Modern, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Oxford University, and Harvard University, among others.

Amani completed an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 2012 and a BA from Wesleyan University in 1997.

In addition to his artistic practice, Amani currently teaches photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston​.


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M.F.A. Photography, Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 2012
B.A. American Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 1997 


2019     Mutable/Multiple: Format Photo Festival, Derby, England
             The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer, The Griffin Museum of Photography
             The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer, Fordham University
             Showing: Working Families: University of Colorado
             Winter Pictures, Humble Arts Foundation

2018     Recent Photo Books, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
             Photography Book Show, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
             Showing: Working Families: University Art Gallery, California State University

Underground Railroad: Hiding in Place, Adelphi University
             Photography Book Show, Athens Photography Festival
             In-Public at "Foto Mexico," Mexico City

2014     Tough Turf: New Directions in Street Photography, Humble Arts Foundation
             Camera Club of New York Benefit Auction, New York, NY
             Disquiet (solo show), Citibank Cultural Center, Asuncion, Paraguay

2013     Book, Film, Painting - Stuart Pilkington Projects (online)
             Family, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI
             In Public - In Stockholm, Center for Urban Photography, Stockholm, Sweden
             Ideas City Festival, The New Museum, New York, NY
             In-Public: On the Street, Bangkok, Thailand

2012     Conscious Things, Picture Space, Bushwick, Brooklyn
             The 2nd International Photography Festival, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Port, Israel  
             School of School of Visual Arts Thesis Exhibition, SVA Gallery, New York, NY
             Emerging Artists Auction, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY 
             New York: In Color, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

2011     From Distant Streets, Galerie Hertz. Louisville, KY  
             Street Photography Now, Fundacja. DOC. Warsaw, Poland 
             Street Photography Now, London Street Photography Festival
             In-Public, Derby Museum, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, England
             Street Photography Now, Uno Art Space, Stuttgart 
             Street Photography Now, Contributed, Berlin

2010     Street Photography Now, Third Floor Gallery, London
             In-Public, Photofusion, London, May 28 – July 9, 2010 
             13th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Show and Auction 

2008     Picturing Cuba (solo exhibition), Cuban Art Space, Brooklyn 

2006     Crosswalks: Contemporary Street Photography, Oklahoma City Museum
             Here Is New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

2003     Life In The City, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2002     Towards a New Era: Photographs from South Africa, Open Society Institute, Washington DC

2001     Here Is New York, New York, NY 
             August Art, Raw Space, New York, NY 
             South Africa, Madiba, Brooklyn, NY 
             Fort Greene Photo Association, Brooklyn, NY

2000     Fragments, Taranto Gallery, New York, NY 

1998     New Photographs, The Park Gallery, New York, NY


             "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer," fall 2017, Overlapse, London.
             "Disquiet," spring 2013. Damiani, Italy. Text by Marvin Heiferman. 


2018     All the Pretty Pictures: Review Presents Review Santa Fe, Pasatiempo

2017     Bystander : A history of Street Photography, 3rd Edition, Phaidon (forthcoming) 

2015     Exchange Edit, Fototazo, March 2015
             "Selfie," Ain’t Bad Magazine, December 2015

2014     Exhibition Essay, Tough Turf, Humble Arts Foundation, February 2014
             Ten Minutes with Amani Willett, This is the What, April 2014
             Find Your Beach, The New York Review of Books, October 2014
             When the Levee Breaks, The Mockingbird, Fall 2014
             Gateway to Freedom, Harper’s Magazine, December 2014

2013     Lenscratch, April, 2013
             The LPV Show – Episode 10, Spring 2013
             How to Start a Project, Fototazo, Spring 2013

2012     LPV Magazine, Issue 5. November, 2012

2011     New York: In Color, Abrams, Fall 2011 
             Fototazo, The Image, Summer 2011
             Fototazo, Portfolio and Interview, Winter, 2011

2010     Street Photography Now, Thames and Hudson, Fall 2010 
             American Photography 26, November 2010 
             10ʼ 10 Years of In-Public, Nick Turpin Publishing, Spring 2010 

2006     American Photography 23, 2006 

2003     Regeneration: Telling Stories From Our Twenties, Tarcher, Spring 2003 

2000     Popular Photography, April 2000 
             The Millennium Photo Project, Smashing Books! 2000 

Additional Publication Credits: Adbusters, American Photography, Art in America, BOMB, Popular Photography, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Whitney Museum


2018       “Yogurt Magazine,” Feature, May
                "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer," Book Review, Phroom, April
               "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer," Book Review, Musee Magazine, March
                "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer," Book Review, Clavoardieno Magazine, March
                "Project Spotlight: The Disappearance of Joseph Plumer," Photo Emphasis, February
                "Book Review," Foto Cult Magazine, January
                "Getting Lost in the Woods," Huck Magazine, January
                "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer," Book Review, Black and White Magazine, January
                "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer," Book Review, Conscientious Photo Magazine,
                "Disquiet" feature, This is Paper Magazine, february

2017       "Best Books of 2017," Photo Eye Books, December 
               "Best Books of 2017," Humble Arts Foundation, December
               "Best Books of 2017" Elin Spring (Photographic Resource), December
                "Moors Magazine," "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer" review, December
                "Phroom Magazine," "Disquiet" feature, December
                "Don't Take Pictures," December
                "PH Museum," Review, December
                "Photo Eye - Book of the Day," December
                "Josef Chladek's Bookshelf," December
               "II Post," "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer" Review, December
               "II Sole 24 Ore," The Disapperance of Jospeh Plummer" Review, December
                "Photo N Magazine," December
               "PDN Holiday Gift Guide Recommendations" November
               "Lenscratch" feature, November
               "Phases Magazine" November
               "Lifo Magazine" feature, November
               "Hyperallergic Interview" November
               "Internazionale Magazine" November
               "This Isn't Happiness" November
               "Photo Eye" Interview with Adam Bell, October
               "Loeil de la Photographie" - Feature, October
               "Photo Book Store" Review of "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer, October
               "Le Monde de la Photo" Review of "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer, October
               "The Photo Show" Podcast interview, October
               "Creative Boom" Bewitching books for Halloween, October
               "Responses Photo" Review of "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer, October
               “Huffington Post” – Interview and portfolio feature, February  

2016       “American Photography “ magazine, June 2016
               "New Books in Photography” New Books Network, December 2016 

2015      “Hiding in Place” on Lenscratch, February 2015
              Bleek Magazine, August 2015
              We Heart Magazine, November 2015
              “Underground Railroad,” Selektor Magazine, October 2015
              “Hiding in Place” on Lenscratch, February 2015

2014     Harper’s Magazine,  December , 2014
             Possession Box, We Heart It, August 2014
             Street, The Tree Mag, August 2014
             Disquiet, Books are Nice!, July 2014
             Disquiet, The Angry Bat, June, 2014
             Disquiet, Joseph Chladek, May 2014
             Disquiet Book Review, MutantSpace, February 2014
             Disquiet feature, Broken Spine, February 2014
             Disquiet, The New Frame, February 2014
             Disquiet, Broken Spine, February 2014
             Best Books of 2013, Photo-Eye, January 2014
             Best Books of 2013, Mark Power, January 2014

2013      Favorite Books of 2013, Conscientious Photo Magazine, December 2013
              Best books of 2013, PDN, December 2013
              PDN “Exposures,” October, 2013
              Photograph Magazine, Vince Aletti review, September 2013
              Paper Journal, Disquiet review, August 2013
              LensCulture, August 2013
              Fan the Fire Magazine, August 2013
              Beauty in Photography, August 2013
              Disquiet Book Review, Photo Eye, June 2013
              Disquiet Review, Conscientious Photo Magazine, June 2013
              Disquiet, Le Journal de la Photographie, June 2013
              Book of the Day, PhotoEye, May 2nd, 2013
              The Real New York, Complex, Spring 2013
              Booooooom, Spring 2013
              Disquiet, PhotoHab, Spring 2013
              Dark Side of the Moon, Spring 2013
              Disquiet, Athena Magazine, Spring 2013
              Disquiet, Design You Trust, Spring 2013
              Hustle and Bustle, It’s Nice That, Spring 2013
              Street Masters, DeviantArt, Spring 2013

2012     Photographs on the Brain, December, 2012
             Photographs on the Brain, October, 2012
             Verve Photo, March, 2012
             Design You Trust, February, 2012
             Le Journal de La Photographie, “New York: In Color” Review, February, 2012
             The Gaurdian, “New York In Color “Review, February 2012

2011     LEO Weekly, “From Distant Streets Review,” November 2011
             The Red List, Winter, 2011

2007     The F Blog, December, 2007


Hampshire College, Amherest, MA 2017
Adelphi University, New York, 2015
Citibank Cultural Center, Asuncion, Paraguay, October 2014
Camera Club of New York, November 2013
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, September 2013
School of Visual Arts, August 2013
International Center of Photography, November 2012
School of Visual Arts Commencement Speech, May 2012
Making Photographs in Color, Howard Greenberg Gallery, February 2012 


Review Santa Fe, 2016
Alice Beck Odette Scholarship Recipient, 2012
American Photography 23 and 26
Eddie Adams Workshop, 2000


Library of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT