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Polly Irungu on creating Black Women Photographers

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Staying close by for college, Irungu attended the University of Oregon with a scholarship where she majored in journalism. Since then she has weaved her passions in photography, storytelling and social media into all areas of her work, and she is currently digital content editor at New York Public Radio (WYNC). 
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The platform Black Women Photographers was set up in 2020 to create a community that empowers Black women and non-binary photographers. Here Irungu discusses her motivations and the journey she’s been on

Top: Sabrina Sellers, Abobe: Esther Sweeney. All images from the Black Women Photographers community

Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Polly Irungu moved to the US when she was around four years old. In her final years of high school she was living in Eugene, Oregon, and she bought her first camera with the money she was earning at her part-time job at McDonald’s. Taking pictures became a creative outlet and she enjoyed getting to know people and telling their stories.