Kenyan Photographer Lands Lucrative Job in Biden's Govt

  • A collage image of Polly Irungu (LEFT) and President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris (RIGHT).
    A collage image of Polly Irungu (LEFT) and President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris (RIGHT).
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  • Kenyan-born photographer, Polly Irungu, has been appointed as the first photo editor for the office of US Vice President, Kamala Harris.

    Irungu shared the news on Friday, July 29, stating that she was excited about assuming the new role. 

    Her appointment, she stated, was a show of faith by President Joe Biden's administration in her immense talent.

    "New chapter. I’m excited to announce that I’m the first official Photo Editor for the Office of the Vice President in the Biden-Harris Administration. Honoured and grateful is an understatement," she announced.

    An image of Polly Irungu in Washington, USA on Friday, July 29, 2022.
    An image of Polly Irungu in Washington, USA on Friday, July 29, 2022.
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    Irungu, who was born in Nairobi, will be tasked with editing photos for Biden's deputy.

    Kenyans on social media congratulated her on the new milestone following her announcement. 

    "I have followed you since you were a social intern at National Public Radio (NPR) and it’s beyond amazing to see all the incredible things you’ve done.

    "You are a true light to my timeline and the world. Congratulations and good luck," one Ali Nugent stated.

    Prior to her appointment, Irungu served at the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) - a position she held since April this year.

    She has also worked for other multinational organisations such as LinkedIn and We Transfer.

    Some of her work has been featured on some renowned media platforms such as The New York Times, Reuters, BBC News, CNN and the Washington Post, BuzzFeed and CNN. 

    Additionally, she is the founder of Black Women Photographers (BWP), a platform that showcases the work of over 1000 black photographers around the world.

    US President Joe Biden giving an address
    US President Joe Biden giving an address.
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    "Through honest dialogue via social conversations and workshops, the platform seeks to ensure that more Black women and non-binary photographers are empowered to make the industry colourful as it ought to be. 

    Dedicated to providing a resource for the industry’s gatekeepers, it supports its members through promoting their work in an active database distributed to photo editors, directors, curators, and art buyers," Irungu stated in her LinkedIn account.