Photography is storytelling, and the photographer's perspective can be an important part of the story. The exclusion of diverse perspectives deprives us of valuable insight. In an attempt to address this exclusion and the associated under-representation of black women photographers, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and her colleagues have self-published "Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora".

Read about the first issue of their planned series publication at the New York Times LENS blog or watch their video above to learn more.