ASE Podcast

#23 From Fashion to Documentary Photography with Nicky Quamina-Woo

“How to get the feeling of being there into an image so viewers start to be able to understand… is what documentary photographers are trying to do.”

– Nicky Quamina-Woo

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How did Nicky Quamina-Woo go from being an art director in the fashion industry to a documentary photographer? Nicky shares the challenges of being an independent journalist, building trust with the people she photographs, and taking photos that resonate with viewers.


  • Becoming a Documentary Photographer (4:15)
  • On Being Welcomed with a Camera (20:45)
  • Taking Photos that Move & Connect (38:20)

Nicky Quamina-Woo

Nicky Quamina-Woo is a documentary photographer who splits her time between Southeast Asia, the African continent and New York City. Her work explores the effects of trauma within marginalized communities.

Nicky is the recipient of the Nikon-Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage grant in 2020 as well as an awardee of the inaugural Reuters Storytelling grant for her work about the intersection of western medicine and witchcraft. Her clients have included CNN, The Washington Post, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Beyond Borders, and The Guardian.

Nicky trained at the Parsons School of Design, where she is also a visiting professor.

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Babacar Diallo swims in the ocean in Saly, Senegal. Description and photo by Nicky Woo (

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