About me

Nikki Kahn, is a photographer and documentary filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. 

Born in Georgetown, Guyana, Nikki moved to Washington, D.C where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University with a double major in Visual Media and Art History in May 1996. She later attended Syracuse University and completed a Masters of Science degree in Photography in May 2004. 

Nikki joined the staff at The Washington Post in January 2005, following a photographer/editor position at Knight-Ridder Tribune Photo Service in Washington, D.C. She has also worked as a staff photographer at the Indianapolis Star and as an intern at the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska; the News Journal in Wilmington, Del., and the Washington Times. 

Nikki shared the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography with her Washington Post colleagues for their series "Haiti's Profound Sorrow," featuring portraits of grief and desperation after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. 

Nikki's visual reporting spans the globe - Afghanistan, Haiti, Tunisia, India, Egypt, and Guyana to name just a few. Her images capture the faces and places engulfed in the headlines as well as the little known people and communities that do not often make the front pages. It's that commitment to telling the stories of those not so known places that make her work notable. Stories like those of young men and women confronting AIDS in Guyana, a series she completed in 2004 as part of her Masters thesis at Syracuse University.