Louie Palu's recent works were inspired by the paintings of the Group of Seven's Frederick Varley and by those of the English landscape painters, Paul Nash and William Turner. Over the past five years he has dedicated most of his efforts to documenting the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Palu's compelling images of violent conflict form the single most important body of work on Canadians in Afghanistan.
Toronto-born Palu graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1991. He interned for Mary Ellen Mark, NYC and began shooting professionally the same year. A six-year term followed as staff photographer at The Globe and Mail. His work has appeared in numerous publications, books, catalogues, festivals and exhibitions internationally, which includes being selected for the photojournalism festival Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France six times (2004-09) and also includes six nominations for the Visa d'Or in the Daily Press Award, Internationale Fototage in Mannheim/Ludwigshafen in Germany, George Eastman House, Ping Yao Festival in China, Fotografia International Festival of Rome, Voies Off Fringe Festival in Arles, France, Centrum for Fotografi in Stockholm, Sweden, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, including additional exhibitions and festivals in Italy, Canada, Australia, Russia, Portugal, Belgium and Brazil. Read more »
Palu is the recipient of numerous awards including a Critical Mass Book Award, Hasselblad Master Award, Best of Photojournalism Award from the NPPA, Silver Medal from the Society of Newspaper Design for photography and eight awards from the White House News Photographers Association. In 2006 he was selected for Photography Now: one hundred portfolios, as one of a 100 photographers included in an international survey of photography, which was juried by curators from Europe, Japan and the United States. In 2009 he was awarded an Aftermath Grant to photograph US Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, including the Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial Award and Canadian Photojournalist of the Year. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Alexia Foundation for Peace Professional Photography Grant for his project on Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Palu's award-winning work has been featured in myriad publications from The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Economist, Forbes, Financial Times, Business Week, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Toronto Star, The Walrus, Virginia Quarterly Review, Geist, National Post, Macleans, NPR, The Globe and Mail to Sunday Times Magazine.
His memberships and affiliations include the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA), U.S. Senate Press Photographers Gallery, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC).
The National Gallery of Canada; George Eastman House, Rochester; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Portland Art Museum, Portland; The Library and Archives of Canada, Portrait Gallery of Canada; The Canadian Museum of Civilization