Thursday 19th September 2019
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A walk down memory lane with Phillda Ragland-Njau of Paa Ya Paa

Phillda Ragland-Njau of Paa Ya Paa

Phillda Ragland-Njau, born in Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1939, was the first black woman photographer to be sent on overseas mission assignments by the United Presbyterian Church. At twenty-nine, Phillda was the manager of production for the filmstrip and photography section of the Commission on Ecumenical Missions and relations – the overseas department of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States. Phillda comments, “Being the first black woman photographer in the church of course made a difference, but I thought of my assignment more as a personal journey into life, self-development, and opportunity for spiritual growth through involvement with people.” Phillda goes on to say, “it is the aesthetic and spiritual dimension of photography that interests me, and which I try to put across in my work, whether I am photographing a person, a natural thing, or an object.”

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January 9, 2018