Aliya has created iconic photographic portraits of musicians, actors, and artists for The New York Times, Vogue, Vice, and Rolling Stone, while shooting global campaigns for Converse, ALDO, and Levi’s. After working on a series of documentaries in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010, Aliya began creating her own documentary films to help tell people’s stories.
Raised as a first generation American in Pennsylvania, Aliya and her family provided housing for new immigrant families. Her mother was a childhood refugee who had migrated through the middle east and lived in refugee camps across Europe. Aliya recognizes the hardships that immigrants face, struggling to create a good life in a new culture. She amplifies her subjects’ voices to enable their stories to educate and inspire people around the world.
Her documentary shorts have been published by The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Refinery29, focusing on a range of topics including women’s issues and displaced refugees. Her work has led her to consult for Obama’s Administration and the UN, while working with politicians and world leaders to influence change.