About Anisa Rahim

Anisa Rahim is more than just a public interest lawyer in New Jersey as she is also an accomplished writer and photographer. She has accumulated two decades worth of stunning material showing the lives of ordinary people. Many of her photos were taken while living and working abroad. Her photography works turn the ordinary into art by showing what locals may find mundane. Inspired by Henri Carter Bresson and her photography mentor Leandre Jackson, Rahim views photography as fine art, which she combines with her creative writing.

The highly educated Rahim has a BA from University of Chicago, JD from Temple Beasley School of Law, and MFA from Rutgers-Newark University. Along with being a Voices of Our Nation alumni, Rahim was a PANK Book Contest Finalist for her hybrid memoir, “American Meo: A History of Remembering and Forgetting”. Her hybrid memoir included poems, prose, and photography. Rahim is not new to the gallery exhibition scene as she previously has exhibited her photography throughout the tri-state area. Most recently, she is a 2020 Artist in Residence at SMUSH Gallery.  

New Brunswick Art Salon 2021-Photography: “Shifted Nature”

Artist Personal Website: anisarahim.com

Email: anisa146@gmail.com

Artist Statement

Anisa Rahim is a photographer, writer and public interest lawyer.  Her travels of living and working abroad and in varied settings led her to take portraits over more than two decades to depict the diverse realities of ordinary people.  She is most inspired by the work of Henri Carter Bresson and her mentor the photographer Leandre Jackson who taught her to see her photographs as fine art.  She has an MFA from Rutgers-Newark.  See more of her work at anisarahim.com. 


2020 Solo Exhibition, One Night: Celebration of a Goddess on Newark Avenue, part of the SMUSH Gallery’s 2020 Arts Residency Program, Jersey City, NJ 

2018 Joint Exhibition, Black and Brown: Portrait of a People, Gia Gelato Café, Jersey City, NJ 

2017 Solo Exhibition, Gurgaon Utopia, Casa Colombo Art Gallery, Jersey City, NJ 

2010 Group Exhibition, Living, Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA 

2010 Group Exhibition, Living, Visual Legal Advocacy Roundtable Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 

2008 Group Exhibition, Look Close, See Far, Chelsea, NY, NY 

2006 Group Exhibition, Living, Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA 


2019 PANK Book Contest Finalist for my hybrid memoir, An American Meo: a Tale of Remembering and Forgetting, a hybrid memoir of photographs, poetry and prose 

Artist Interview