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Celebrating Black Women Photographers

Polly Irungu, Kenna Klosterman

Celebrating Black Women Photographers

Polly Irungu, Kenna Klosterman

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Our weekly audio podcast We Are Photographers brings you true stories from behind the lens and behind the lives of your favorite photographers, filmmakers, and creative industry game-changers. From their struggles to their wins, host Kenna Klosterman discovers the real human stories about why they do what they do.

Listen to this and other audio episodes on our audio Podcast page.


n this episode, we celebrate the first six months of Black Women Photographers and discuss why Polly created the site and its mission. We kick off BWP x CL: A Conversation Series in honor of Black History Month that will feature Rashida Zagon, Idara Ekpoh, Temi Thomas and Alexis Hunley. We talk about other organizations also working to encourage inclusive hiring practices in the industry, how she organized 70+ portfolio reviews with AP, Reuters and Getty Images, as well as success stories from the BWP community. If you've ever wanted to improve your networking skills, let Polly be your guide.


Polly Irungu is a multimedia journalist, digital editor and photographer and is the founder of Black Women Photographers, a community and online database of Black women photographers. Polly is a Digital Content Editor at New York Public Radio (WYNC) for ‘The Takeaway’, a national NPR show with over 2 million listeners. As a photographer, Polly’s work has been published by NPR, The Washington Post, CNN, HuffPost, OkayAfrica. She was named one of Okay Africa’s 100 African Women to Know in 2020. Polly has spoken about social media, branding, podcasting, media diversity, COVID-19, and photojournalism on panels for Twitter, NBC News, and National Association of Black Journalists.