Can’t Take It With You – A Landmark Muslims in America Photo Exhibit

Interesting article about a Muslim photographer:

ctiwy_11_srgb.jpg Never before have I seen my community photographed with such dignity and hope . Omar Mullick, an award winning photographer who shoots for National Geographic, NY Times, etc., has traveled all across America for 7 years documenting the elusive Muslim American community.

The photography will be on display at GalleryFCB Thursday, October 8th at 6:00 pm. The gallery runs for the entire month, but please join us at the opening of this historic exhibit. RSVP on the Facebook Event if you can.

Omar has given me the permission to showcase a handful of photos here at Boing Boing.

More images and info after the jump.

ctiwy_15_srgb.jpg The first time I saw the photos I wondered why Omar chose black and white. Looking through the gallery statement on the site, I found my answer:

At a time when President Obama used the example of American Muslims in his Cairo address to indicate that Islam had “always been a part of America’s story…” the exhibit presents a culmination of one photographers deliberate effort to take the visual language of black and white 35mm photography, through which 20th Century America has often looked at itself, and open up that narrative to include the latest birth pang in American cultural life. To that end, Can’t Take It With You, which was pursued with singular purpose by a photographer deeply engaged with the idea of what it means to be American, promises to be one of the more important visual documents of the young 21st Century.


ctiwy_09_srgb.jpg The photo I leave you with is of a Muslim women’s shelter in Philadelphia, PA. It was the children’s first day at the shelter. I wonder where they are now.

I will be doing a tiny interview with Omar Mullick at the end of the week, if anyone has a question they feel compelled to ask please write it in the comments and I’ll try my best to get it answered.

Visit the Can’t Take It With You site –


4 Replies to “Can’t Take It With You – A Landmark Muslims in America Photo Exhibit”

  1. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

    If interested in attending the opening this Thursday, there’s a Facebook Event here:

    And as mentioned in the article above, Bassam Tariq, of fame, has interviewed Omar, too. Hopefully this will address any of your burning questions or concerns.

    And there’s a beautiful but brief description of the opening written here:

    Take care.

    جزاك الله خيراً

    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

    يوسف محمد ملك

  2. Thank you so much for the post, highlighting my work.

    This is a wonderful blog and platform for the widening discussion of Islam in America.

    For interested attendees, do note that the event is also free and that the gallery is about four short blocks away from a mosque if people want to step out to pray maghreb.

    No alcohol is going to be served — some thing that is the standard at gallery openings — there will be tea, fruit, some other snacks.

    Looking forward to meeting people, and thank you again the post.


  3. Sounds great. I wished I still lived in New York so I could attend. Any chance of the exhibit traveling to other cities?


    If not, any plans on creating a blog, website, flikr page, or something like that? Inshallah.

  4. Omar!! Masha’Allah, ever since being a TML Photographer, you’ve jumped up leaps and bounds. Feels like yesterday when you were single and we would chill with the other bros in Dar-us-Salaam… Hope you come visit again Insha’Allah 🙂

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