Meet the Kenyan American Photographer Working in the White House

Polly Irungu, a photographer and journalist living in the United States has been appointed the first official Photo Editor for the Office of the Vice President to the Biden-Harris Administration. Irungu is also the founder of the Black Women Photographers, a community database that holds the work of and provides access to Black women and non-binary photographers.

The Kenyan American multi-hyphenate creative and founder shared the news on her social media platforms over the weekend and she was flooded with congratulatory messages from her fellow Kenyans.

Who is Polly Irungu?

“Well, I am Polly Irungu. I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, and an aunt. I am proudly Kenyan. I am somewhat proudly Kansan. I am ambitious. I am a leader. I am a listener. I am an advocate. I am the daughter of two immigrants who came to America to pursue the “American Dream.” I am someone who only knows how to cook traditional Kenyan dishes, and will likely never learn how to cook anything else at this point. I am quiet-spoken, but don’t let my soft voice fool you.” –Polly to Global Citizen

All of those things, and so many more, make up who I am. It is important for me to remember who I am outside of my work. It is important for everyone to understand their worth and well-being is not tied to their work. This is something that I had struggled with for so long.

Read the full interview below.

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Images: Polly Irungu

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