Ozier Muhammad is a photojournalist who has been on the staff of The New
York Times since 1992. He has also worked for Ebony Magazine, The Charlotte
Observer, and Newsday. He earned a B.A. in 1972 in photography from Columbia
College Chicago. In 1984, Muhammad won the George Polk Award for
News Photography. As a photographer for Newsday, Muhammad won the
Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting in 1985, along with the reporters
Josh Friedman and Dennis Bell, for their series on the plight of the hungry in
Africa. He was selected as a photographer for the 1990
project Songs of My People.
Muhammad is a grandson of Elijah Muhammad,
a founder of the Nation of Islam.
He was formerly married to Dr. Kimberly
Muhammad-Earl, a director of special projects at the Chicago Board of
Education. Ozier is the father of two children. His son Khalil wrote “The
Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America,”
and will be the new director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black