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Nicky Woo is a Black + Polynesian documentary photographer, who divides her time between New York and East Africa. Her fascination with the tenacity of the human spirit, deeply influences her approach to image making. While initially studying psychology in college, she realized her true interests lay in celebrating the nuances of the human condition rather than in parsing them. Nicky ventured on to art school at Parson's School of Design eventually pursuing documentary work.

Woo's interests encompass explorative questions into the transmuted effects of trauma on marginalized groups; Specifically, in the context of those disenfranchised while hidden in plain sight of a dominant community. Recently she was the recipient of a 2018 Reuters Grant for work on a project in Tanzania about the intersection of witchcraft and western medicine.

In Nicky Woo's time as an independent her clients have included CNN, Vogue Italia, Washington Post, Der Spiegel, BuzzFeed and Marie Claire magazine. She is currently a visiting professor at Parson's School of Design in New York City.



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