Louie Palu December 10, 2008Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Canada.
Louie Palu graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1991 and moved to New York City where he interned with photographer Mary Ellen Mark. He later returned to Toronto and began working as a staff photographer for six years at The Globe And Mail. Louie’s work has appeared in numerous publications, festivals and exhibitions internationally, which includes being selected for the photojournalism festival Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France four times (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), George Eastman House, Fotografia International Festival of Rome, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, including exhibitions and festivals in Milan, Vancouver, Halifax, Kosovo, His work has also been profiled in Lenswork, PDN and Doubletake and published in Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post and Forbes among others.
About the Photograph:
“The provinces of Quebec and Ontario are home to some of the world’s richest and largest underground mines and smelters. Many of the communities surrounding the mines have given rise to some of the most militant labour unions in North American history. This body of work examines life in Canada’s geologically enormous hard rock mining belt. The photographs are documents of the people, land and work involved in underground mining and smelting. As the son of immigrant laborers, I have always been fascinated by the politics of work and commerce. By examining the social issues surrounding workers and market economies, we gain a clearer understanding of the symbiotic nature of the global economy we all participate in.”