Documentary photographer and filmmaker Louie Palu examines the social-political issues involving war and human rights in his work. Palu's series of conceptual newspapers on the Mexican Drug War and the detention center in Guantanamo Bay look into the creation, use, control and censorship of photographs in the news. Additionally, he explores government and media message-shaping, how the public consumes photographs, and how photojournalism has shaped public perception in the post-9/11 age of terror. Palu's lecture will focus on the contemporary news landscape and how his work is situated within it, amid the conflict and violence. He will also discuss his new documentary film, Kandahar Journals, the thesis of which addresses the impossibility of photographs to convey the reality of war.
About the artist
Louie Palu is an award winning documentary photographer whose work has appeared in festivals, publications + exhibitions internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grant and is a 2011-12 Bernard L Schwartz Fellow with the New America Foundation. He is well known for his work which examines social political issues such as human rights, conflict and poverty. See more of his work here: www.louiepalu.com