Photography book features works of black women around the world

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A new photography book features the works of 118 black women from around the world.

"MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora" is about showcasing the women's diverse work, according to co-editors Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu.

The two, along with their deputy editor, gathered with members of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant community to discuss what went into the book that was 10 years in the making.

Their vision brought together women from countries as far away as Spain and South Africa. The book was named for New York-based photographer Mfon Essien, who died of breast cancer in 2001.

The women behind the pages say they plan to make the book an annual tradition and give grants to emerging black female photographers for years to come.

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