About Louie Palu

Louie Palu, is an award winning documentary photographer whose work has appeared in festivals, publications + exhibitions internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grant + is a 2011-12 Bernard L Schwartz Fellow with the New America Foundation. He is well known for his work which examines social political issues such as human rights, conflict and poverty.


Personal History + Philosophy

I was born in Canada to poor Italian Immigrant parents. My mother was a seamstress who worked on an assembly line at a sewing machine making coats while pregnant with me. My father was a stonemason who worked in construction. My parents where born before the Second World War and grew up witnesses to the violence of the war. I grew up hearing stories of trauma and poverty in my family and was taught to always be in touch with your roots. This became the basis of all my choices of subject matter as a documentary photographer. I believe that what I do is not a career, but a way of life and belief system. Consequently, I feel as though my role in the world as a photographer is to monitor power and document social political issues relating to human rights, poverty and conflict. I try to use the most simple of photographic approaches and equipment free of effects and gimmicks. I believe in ethically produced, straight forward, raw, unflinching images.


Expanded Biography



His work has been exhibited in the photojournalism festival Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France nine times (2004-11, 13), Internationale Fototage in Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, George Eastman House, Ping Yao Festival, Fotografia International Festival of Rome, Centrum for Fotografi (Sweden), New York Photo Festival, Canadian War Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Annenberg Space For Photography, The Walter's Art Museum, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and many others.


His work is in numerous collections including Harry Ransom Center, National Gallery of Art (U.S.), Library and Archives of Canada, Portland Art Museum, George Eastman House, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, National Gallery of Canada, Library of the U.S. Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections Branch (Quantico, Virginia), Southeast Museum of Photography, Australian War Memorial and many others.


He is the recipient of numerous accolades including a National Magazine Award, National Newspaper Award nominee, Pictures of the Year International (POYi), Critical Mass Book Award, Hasselblad Master Award, NPPA Best of Photojournalism Award and multiple awards from the White House News Photographers Association, Aftermath Project Grant, Canadian Photojournalist of the Year, Alexia Foundation Photography Grant for World Peace and Cultural Understanding. He was also part of several online multimedia awards including two Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) in 2013-14.

Publication (Print + Online)

His work has been featured in the BBC, Al Jazeera, Der Spiegel, Al Arabiya, PBS NewsHour, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Daily Mail, Foreign Policy, Paris Match, TIME, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Toronto Star, The Economist, NPR, VOA, Huffington Post, CBC, The Globe and Mail, Wall Street Journal, Sunday Times Magazine and many others. His work has been featured in numerous books and catalogues on photography. He  was selected for the Critical Mass Book award (2006) resulting in the book “Cage Cage: Life and Death in the Hard Rock Mining Belt”.


Louie has produced numerous short films and is currently a co-director and producer for the feature documentary film Kandahar Journals.


Louie has lectured and given workshops internationally for the National Press Photographers Association, George Washington University, George Mason University, University of Verona, University of Texas at Austin, University of Jyväskylä, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, American University, Society of Professional Journalists, London College of Communications, Ontario College of Art and Design, Hamburg University, University of the Arts Philadelphia, Temple University, Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology, San Francisco Art Institute, International Center of Photography, National Gallery of Canada and the European Consortium of Political Research conference in Rejkjavik, Iceland and many others. Louie has been a coach at the NPPA Multimedia Immersion Workshop and a featured speaker at the NPPA Northern Short Course.

Louie was a 2012-13 Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow with the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank that engages in U.S. public policy issues. His fellowship focused on an indepth study of the Mexican drug war and organized crime. His work from the fellowship was published widely and was awarded numerous prizes. In 2015 Louie was selected for a Milton Rogovin Fellowship at the Center Creative Photography at the University of Arizona.

Editorial Representation:


International - ZUMA Press www.zumapress.com


Canada - The Canadian Press www.thecanadianpress.com


Gallery Representation:


New York City – Clampart   www.clampart.com


Canada - Kinsman Robinson Galleries   www.kinsmanrobinson.com

Memberships + Professional Affiliations 

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Canadian Association of Journalists + DOC Institute.  

I follow the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) + Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) Code of Ethics, they can be seen here:



Follow + Contact

Twitter @loupalu

Facebook- http://on.fb.me/14qI9lc

email - louie@louiepalu.com

Instagram @louiepalu

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