Aliya began her career as a photographer, shooting portraits of her friends downtown in NYC, while working for David LaChapelle. Her portraits of musicians and celebrities led her to create global advertising campaigns for major brands such as Converse and Levi’s. Aliya has created photo essays for The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker, among others.
In 2010, Aliya traveled to Haiti to document the wreckage after the earthquake. There she began interviewing the women who lost their homes. Back in NYC, Aliya organized a gallery exhibit and film screening benefit to share their stories. Since then, she has been creating short films that dive into the heart of her subjects, revealing their reality to create awareness and impact. From the Syrian refugee camps to Liberia, West Africa, Aliya’s short films reveal an empathetic perspective into the lives of others.
In 2018, Aliya co-directed a series of short films for Swing Left to help take back the House of Representatives for the midterm elections. Creating over 30 films with major celebrities and politicians, representing women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration rights, and more, the campaign was successful and we gained control of the house.
Aliya’s short films have been published by The New York Times, Vogue, Refinery29, Huffington Post, and The Washington Post. She creates ad campaigns and commercials from a human perspective. Her work has led her to consult for the Obama Administration and the U.N. to help influence change.