Louie Palu is a documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on social political issues such as war, human rights and poverty. Today Molly will be discussing his amazing project in the Arctic and his experiences in the middle of the January 6th insurrection mob. And maybe his fishing exploits.
His work has appeared in festivals, publications, exhibitions and collections internationally. His project covering politics in Washington from 2019-2021 was selected for a World Press Photo award. He is a 2016-17 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grants, 2011-12 Bernard L Schwartz Fellowship with the New America Foundation and Milton Rogovin Fellowship at the University of Arizona. He is well known for his work which examines social political issues such as human rights, conflict and poverty. He is currently working on a long-term project on the Arctic partnered with National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Society and is a National Geographic Explorer. In 2019 his work was selected for the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture. His work is held in numerous collections including the Smithsonian, U.S. Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art.