Nicky Woo is a Black/Polynesian documentary photographer, who divides her time between New York & Africa. Her fascination with the tenacity of the human spirit, deeply influences her approach to image making. She started out her career studying psychology but quickly realized that her true motivations 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 becoming a portrait photographer for a few years before branching off into documentary work.
Woo's interests encompass explorative questions into healthcare, the nature of collective compassion and 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 Der Spiegel, CNN, Vogue Italia, OkayAfrica, BuzzFeed, Men's Health and Marie Claire magazine. She is currently a visiting professor at Parson's School of Design in New York City.
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