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 university, she realized her true concerns 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.
Woo's interests further 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. The underlying concerns are into the nature of collective suffering and the myriad ways its embers can transmogrify groups. This desire to understand the various machinations as well as the observations of versatility of human will are at the foundations of Nicky’s documentary work.
Recently, she was the recipient of a 2018 Reuters Journalism 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, Washington Post, Der Spiegel, BuzzFeed, Vogue Italia and Marie Claire magazine.
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