In this talk, award-winning photographer Louie Palu shares his path from student to renowned photographer. He discusses past and present projects, including his current work from the Arctic and his recent book, A Field Guide to Asbestos.

“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.” —Louie Palu

About the Speaker
Louie Palu (born 1968) is a documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work examines issues such as human rights, poverty, and war. He has covered conflict in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mexico, and Ukraine, and his work was featured in the MFAH exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath. Palu is a Guggenheim Foundation and Harry Ransom Center Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and his work is held in numerous collections, including the MFAH, the National Gallery of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has been featured by the BBC, Al Jazeera, Der SpiegelEl PaisLa Republica, and the New York Times. His photographs and films have been exhibited at venues including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Munich Documentary Film Festival.

Drop in! This program is free. The lecture is followed by a meet-and-greet from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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The Glassell School of Art receives generous funding from the Glassell Family; the Skiles Foundation; Leslie and Brad Bucher; Ms. Nancy Powell Moore/The Powell Foundation; John P. McGovern Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. John S. Orton; Texas Commission on the Arts; Mr. and Mrs. Berman; Mr. and Mrs. Jamal H. Daniel; Nena and David Marsh; Isla and Tommy Reckling; and additional generous donors.