Through monochromatic imagery, Nīa (pronounced Neye-uh) MacKnight seeks to highlight the power of the spirit within times of unrest.  Her approach to visual storytelling is informed by the raw beauty of realism, formal elements of poetry, and the rhythm of instinctual knowledge.  MacKnight turns to the paradigms of her Lakota/Anishinaabe/Scottish ancestry to examine urban spaces of existence beyond settler histories.  Her camera forges a space where conceptual and documentary genres meet to transform scenes of daily life into sites for transformation and healing.

MacKnight studied Photography at San Francisco Art Institute, holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a Master’s in Education from California State University, Long Beach.  She has lectured at The Smithsonian Museum, NYU-Tisch School of Arts, and has served as a faculty member at Idyllwild Arts Academy, Los Angeles Unified School District and Wildwood School.  Her commissioned work has been featured in The New York Times, HuffPost, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, High Country News and Environmental Health News.

She is currently based in the greater Los Angeles area.  For all commissions, assignment, or educational inquiries please contact

Photo by Mark Comon