Nicky Woo is a mixed-race documentary photographer, who divides 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 studying 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 art school at Parson's School of Design, learning to understand light as the essence of her creative tool. Woo's interests encompass explorative questions into 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 Mauritania.
In Nicky Woo's time as an independent her clients have included Der Spiegel, CNN, OkayAfrica, 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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