About Louie Palu

Louie Palu, is an award winning documentary photographer whose work has appeared in publications + exhibitions internationally. 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, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grant and is a 2011-12 Bernard L Schwartz Fellow with the New America Foundation for an in-depth study on the Mexican drug war and organized crime.

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 and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

His work is in numerous collections including Harry Ransom Center, 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), Corcoran Gallery of Art and Southeast Museum of Photography. He has co-authored several books including the 2006 documentary classic Cage Call: Life and Death in the Hard Rock Mining Belt (Photolucida) which chronicles the lives of hard rock miners in Northern Canada.

His work has been featured in the BBC, Al Jazeera, 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. He is currently at work editing a book and a feature documentary film from his multi-year study of the war in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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 some of the violence between partisans fighting soldiers. I grew up hearing stories of war, atrocities 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 generally 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.

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


Louie has lectured and given workshops internationally for the National Press Photographers Assocation, 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. 

Memberships + Professional Affiliations 

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Canadian Association of Journalists, DOC Institute and is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA).  

I follow the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Code of Ethics, it can be seen here:


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Follow + Contact

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