Louie Palu began working in Afghanistan in 2006 and was awarded The Alexia Professional Grant in 2010 for Kandahar, a project examines the cultural, historical and contemporary significance of Kandahar and its people within the region and the current Afghan state. Since that time, he has exhibited the work he did in Afghanistan widely, was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and has produced two major works on the conflict in Afghanistan, the documentary film “Kandahar Journals” in 2015, and “Front Towards Enemy,” a just published deconstructed photo book that conveys the chaos of war and the ways media influences our perception of armed conflicts.
In this new Q&A with Palu, we explore the meaning and purpose of his work, as well as the advice he has for others who would like to follow in his steps. Continue reading
An experiential window to war, the documentary film “Kandahar Journals” by 2010 Alexia Professional Grant Winner Louie Palu will screen at NPPA’s Northern Short Course on Feb. 24 in Iselin, New Jersey. Continue reading
In 2006 Balazs Gardi was awarded the Alexia Professional Grant for his work “Afghanistan – Between War And Peace.” The project documented Afghanistan, a nation shattered by wars, droughts and earthquakes, looking for signs of stability amid an uneasy peace. … Continue reading
With “Afghanistan – Between War And Peace,” Balazs Gardi used his 2006 Alexia professional grant to document the central Asian nation as it struggled to leave its decades of war behind it and embrace a new peace. The images allow … Continue reading
Today’s photo is from Louie Palu’s 2010 professional project, “Kandahar.” The work examines the cultural, historical and contemporary significance of the city, its region and the current Afghan state. As Louie tells us in his project proposal, Pashtuns are Afghanistan’s … Continue reading
Alexia Foundation: Describe Afghanistan to me. How is Kandahar unique in comparison to the rest of Afghanistan? Louie Palu: Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world and has been ravaged by conflict for decades. For centuries empires … Continue reading
The Alexia Foundation photo of today, Monday, is from Balazs Gardi’s 2006 professional project, “Afghanistan – Between War And Peace.” Gardi’s project strives to capture every element of life in Afghanistan. His work shows the girls behind curtains who were … Continue reading