About Louie Palu
Louie Palu, is an award winning documentary photographer whose work has appeared in publications and exhibitions internationally. He is the recipient of numerous accolades including a National Magazine Award, 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 (Germany), George Eastman House, Ping Yao Festival (China), Fotografia International Festival of Rome, Centrum for Fotografi (Sweden), New York Photo Festival, Canadian War Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington DC) Annenberg Space For Photography (Los Angeles), The Walter's Art Museum and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
His work is in numerous collections including Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas at Austin), Library and Archives of Canada, Portland Art Museum (Oregon), George Eastman House (Rochester), Museum of Fine Arts Houston, National Gallery of Canada, Library of the U.S. Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections Branch (Quantico, Virginia) and Southeast Museum of Photography (Florida). 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 www.durranikings.com from his multi-year study of the war in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
International - ZUMA Press www.zumapress.com
Canada - The Canadian Press www.thecanadianpress.com
New York City – Clampart www.clampart.com
Canada - Kinsman Robinson Galleries www.kinsmanrobinson.com
Louie has lectured and given workshops internationally which includes George Washington University, George Mason University (USA), University of Verona (Italy), University of Texas at Austin (USA), University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Ryerson University (Canada), University of Toronto (Canada), American University (Washington DC), Society of Professional Journalists (Washington DC), London College of Communications (UK), Ontario College of Art and Design (Canada), Hamburg University (Germany), University of the Arts Philadelphia (USA), Temple University (USA), International Center of Photography (New York), National Gallery of Canada and the European Consortium of Political Research conference in Rejkjavik (Iceland) and many others.
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.
Follow + Contact
email - email@example.com
Memberships + Professional Affiliations
White House News Photographers Association, US Senate Press Photographers Gallery, National Press Photographers Association, Canadian Association of Journalists, News Photographers Association of Canada and is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA).