Nīa MacKnight is a photographer/educator based in Tongva Territory (Los Angeles, California).  Her approach to environmental portraiture is informed by the poetics of daily life and the power of ancestral memory.  Turning to the paradigms of her Anishinaabe/Lakhóta/Scottish ancestry, MacKnight explores narratives of migration and self-determination within urban modes of existence.  By blending conceptual and documentary genres, she examines the home as a site for healing and transformation. 

Nīa MacKnight studied Photography at San Francisco Art Institute, holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Cal State University Dominguez Hills, and a Master’s in Education from Cal 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.

For all commissions, assignment, or educational inquiries please contact niamacknight@gmail.com.