Narnia Elizabeth Brooks was born in Chicago, Illinois. The child of writers, she has traveled, lived, and worked globally since a young age. Brooks attended Simon's Rock of Bard Early College and Emerson College, both in the United States.
Brooks's photographic work focuses on large-scale portraiture and projects documenting societal issues. She primarily works in natural light and unstaged environments, and uses a range of equipment from vintage to iPhone to full-frame. Brooks is currently working on a multi-year project focused on criminal justice reform.