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Sadaf Syed is one of today’s leading feminist photographers. Born in Illinois and raised in Los Angeles, Sadaf focuses on breaking down stereotypes, especially those relating to Muslim women, through her photography.1 After graduating from California State University at Fullerton, Sadaf worked as a photojournalist.
After 9/11, the change in social attitudes towards American Muslims, however, compelled Sadaf to chronicle the diversity of Muslim women across the country. With her two young children, Sadaf traveled the nation photographing a wide spectrum of Muslim women in their daily lives, ranging from surfers to military women, hair stylists to homecoming queens, and from truck drivers to boxers. She compiled the photos into a book, iCover: A Day in the Life of an American COVERed Girl, and within a few months of publication, the book sold out.2
Her work soon caught the attention of a White House official, and on August 13, 2010, she was invited to the White House along with other interfaith leaders to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan.3 Her work has been reviewed and featured in The Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Emel Magazine and Zaman Newspaper.