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Kael Alford

Join APG for an engaging evening with Chip Simone and Kael Alford during this month's "Speaking of Photography." Kael Alford is a freelance photojournalist, videographer and writer based in Dallas, Texas. She began her career as a photojournalist based in the Balkans from 1996-2003 for American and European newspapers and magazines. Alford also works in the Middle East and documented the invasion of Iraq in 2003, through 2004. Her work from Iraq is included in the book, "Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq". That work is widely exhibited in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and continues to circulate internationally.

Since 2005, Alford has been documenting the devastating impact of the oil and gas industries on coastal erosion and remote communities of coastal Louisiana in "Bottom of 'da Boot". Partially commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the photography and video installation will be open at the museum in July 2012 as part of their "Picturing the South" series.

Most recently, Alford was one of seven American journalists chosen out of a pool of more than 50 applicants to receive the 2011 Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion. During her fellowship, Alford will produce a series of character-driven multimedia pieces, short photo essays and written stories about the political and personal place of religion in the lives of Iraqis, and the perceived role religion has played in Iraq's civil conflict since the U.S.-led war began in 2003.

Alford also teaches and lectures. She teaches annually at the Foundry Photo Workshop and will be teaching in the art department of Southern Methodist University in the fall of 2011. Kael holds an MA from the University of Missouri and was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She is represented by Panos Pictures in London.


Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. - APG Gallery

"Death in the Family" © Kael Alford, 2003