Nicky Woo is a Black + Polynesian documentary photographer, currently dividing her time between New York & East Africa. Her fascination with the tenacity of the human spirit, deeply influences her approach to image making. She started out her career in psychology but quickly realized that her true motivations lay in celebrating the nuances of the human condition rather than in parsing them.
Nicky went on to study photography at Parson's School of Design, learning light as a conduit to her subjects; a way to both translate some of their beauty and give rise to their voices. Woo's interests encompass explorative questions on the nature of collective compassion and the various ways we regard " Otherness", often dismissing it's pain and thereby our own empathy.
Her current work is concerned with the effects of trauma on marginalized groups, as a path to investigate unseen commonalities. Specifically, in the context of those disenfranchised while hidden in plain sight of the dominant community.
In Nicky Woo's time as an independent her clients have included Der Spiegel, CNN, OkayAfrica, Levi's, BuzzFeed,Marie Claire, Men's Health, and Interview magazine and she is currently a visiting professor at Parson's School of Design in New York City.
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