Polly Irungu

Polly Irungu

Multimedia journalist, digital editor, and self-taught photographer Polly Irungu is the founder of Black Women Photographers, a global community and online database of Black women and non-binary photographers.

Polly is also a Digital Content Editor at New York Public Radio (WYNC), where she is responsible for managing social media for WNYC and PRX’s “The Takeaway”, a national radio show with over 2 million listeners, pitching news stories and features for “The Takeaway”. Her podcast is ranked the fourth most downloaded, amongst others. As a photographer, Polly’s work has been published in numerous publications, including Global Citizen, NPR, BBC News, The Luupe, MEFeater, Refinery29, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, CNN, HuffPost, OkayPlayer, and OkayAfrica.

In 2017, Polly completed a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Polly has lived around the world from Nairobi to Topeka, Kansas to Eugene, Oregon to Washington, D.C., to Little Rock, Arkansas, and ultimately to Brooklyn, New York.

Polly Irungu has spoken about Black Women Photographers, building communities, photography, social media, branding, podcasting, media diversity, African media, and journalism as a guest for Ethel’s Club, 2020 HER|visual|STORY Digital Photography Festival, The Loeries Awards – 2020 Creatives Week, AfricaNXT, Twitter Media, NBC News, Art of Freelance, We Are Black Journos, 2020 Palm Springs Photo Festival, The Guardian Nigeria, National Association of Black Journalists, and the Online News Association.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Polly Irungu


Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5
 archive : 2021

Black Women Photographers aims to disrupt the notion that it is difficult to discover and commission Black creatives. It is dedicated to providing a resource for the industry’s gatekeepers.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Polly Irungu

Sep 262021

Unmasking Modern Masculinity With Vanessa Charlot

Challenge the ideas and frequency of notions surrounding black masculinity in an intimate visual series by award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer, Vanessa Charlot.

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