For photojournalist Louie Palu, his five years covering the Afghanistan conflict have marked him for life. While the Toronto native was taking hundreds of pictures for news outlets, he was keeping …
For photojournalist Louie Palu, his five years covering the Afghanistan conflict have marked him for life. While the Toronto native was taking hundreds of pictures for news outlets, he was keeping a journal that detailed his feelings and revealed his psychological state. Out of all of that has come a new film called Kandahar Journals directed by Palu and Devin Gallagher that follows Palu’s transformation in the field of battle. He talks to Peter Robb about the work and the result.
Enter: Louie Palu. By Louie's count, he's had seven tours of duty...in Afghanistan alone. He estimates his combat time has been about 18 months over the last 5 years with 3 to 6 month embeds not being uncommon. And in between those embeds, he’s covered wars of a different kind like prisoners at Guantanamo Bay or the violence caused by drug cartels in Mexico
Thanks to all the photographers who took part in our annual Aperture Portfolio Prize contest this past year. Judges have gone through the submissions and after much deliberation, we’re pleased to announce the five finalists:
War Is Only Half the Story, Vol. 3 , Photographs by Louie Palu, Asim Rafiqui, Rodrigo Abd, Andrea Bruce, Davide Monteleone, Saiful Huq O...
Photographs by Louie Palu, Asim Rafiqui, Rodrigo Abd, Andrea Bruce, Davide Monteleone, Saiful Huq Omi, Ami Vitale and Donald Weber.
The Aftermath Project, 2011. Softcover. 132 pp., black & white and color illustrations throughout, 11x11
NPPA member Louie Palu is the winner of the 2010 Alexia Foundation Grant for professionals, and NPPA member Juliette Lynch, a senior photojournalism major at Syracuse University, is the student winner, the Alexia Foundation announced.
2008 PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR / PHOTO OF THE YEAR AWARDS
From NPAC – News Photographers Association of Canada:
News Photographers Association of Canadaʼs Award Recipients Canadian photojournalist Louie Palu received the highest honour, fittingly atop of the highest building in the country, during the 2008 News Photographerʼs Association of Canada Photo of the Year awards ceremony. Palu, was named Photographer of the Year by the association for his work in Afghanistan and Cuba for Zuma Press.