Sadaf Syed, recognized as one of today’s leading feminist photographers, is best known for breaking down stereotypes as she educates and inspires her audience through the eyes of photography and the perspectives of her subject.
Born in Illinois, but raised in Los Angeles, Syed graduated from California State University at Fullerton. After freelancing for few years, she got married and moved back to Illinois working as a photojournalist at a newspaper. It was after the events of 9/11 that Syed observed society’s biased notion about Muslim women.
Her career was launched when, based on public nominations, she traveled across the United States with her two young children and their double strollers, trekking state to state, going through airport scanners, and “random checkings.” The result was a limited edition of a stunning photo documentary book, iCOVER: A Day in the Life of a Muslim-American COVERed Girl, sold out within months of being published.
Soon after the self-publication of her second edition of iCOVER, Syed was identified by a White House Official as a leading artist followed by an invite to the White House. On August 13, 2010 Syed joined President Barack Obama and interfaith leaders at the White House to mark the beginning of Ramadan.
iCOVER has been featured and reviewed nationally and internationally by The Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Emel Magazine and Zaman Newspaper.