Njaimeh Njie is a Pittsburgh based photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. Her practice is rooted in social justice, using imagery to explore the everyday lives of groups frequently pushed to the margins. Her work has earned coverage from outlets such as the Huffington Post, the Carnegie Museum of Art blog, and Blavity, and been exhibited both locally and nationally. In 2018 Njie was named a Creator of the Year by Pittsburgh’s Creative Industries Network, and also Emerging Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. In addition to her independent practice, Njaimeh is the Founder/Lead Producer of the nonfiction storytelling company Eleven Stanley Productions. A Pittsburgh native, Njaimeh earned a B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
As a visual storyteller I get to freeze time—to create images that preserve and celebrate the nuance of our everyday lives. I get the opportunity to show how the big and small moments alike make us who we are, and bind us together in the human experience. Very soon after I picked up a camera I sensed a responsibility in constructing images and crafting narratives; particularly about those who are often misrepresented or ignored in mainstream media. My work focuses on the Black experience in particular because I believe there’s consistently a need for a diversity of narratives depicting our lives. I document the implicit and explicit ways we resist to acknowledge that waking up, working, laughing, struggling, loving, protesting, praying, and creating are all ways to survive and fight against oppression in this world. Documenting these moments is something I feel humbled to do, and that I will continue to strive to do in an honest way.