NIIPA the world through an indigenous lens

Brenda Mitten who was one of the original members of NIIPA.

By Chris Pimentel Writer The National Indian Inuit Photographers Association was in existence from 1985 till 2006, traveling across the country displaying their photographs, sharing their artwork, telling an Indigenous story through the lens of an Indigenous person while also breaking stereotypes. A decade after closing their doors some of their artwork was put on display at the Alvin A Lee Building at McMaster University in an art exhibition called #nofilterneeded. “I never ever thought this would happen, 32 years later, it was like that phoenix rising from the ashes,” said Brenda Mitten one of NIIPA’s founding members. In 1985 a group of Indigenous photographers came together on James Street in Hamilton to form NIIPA. The objective of the group was to promote a positive, realistic, and contemporary image of…

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