30 january 2013

Canadian photographer Louie Palu's latest project: chronicling the drug war in Mexico


Photo © Louie Palu/ZUMA Press
Woman who was found beating herself in the downtown of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Seen in a privately run shelter for the mentally ill west of the city.

Award winning photographer Louie Palu works on long term projects, and on subjects which he feels don't get sufficient coverage in the media.

In a previous multi-year project, he covered the reality of the Afghanistan war. In the last few years, he's focussed on the drug war in Mexico.

With an art college background in Toronto, and an always curious journalistic sense, he has pushed himself to discover and record the reality he is witness to. He feels photos should teach and not shock, and yet he often finds himself in dangerous and shocking situations.

Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper featured a number of the Mexico photos in a photo essay on Saturday (Jan 26).

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Louie Palu about his photos, his art, and his journalism.

More information:

Globe and Mail - "Crossing the line: Chronicling Mexico's drug war" - here
Louie Palu on Afghanistan (RCI audio report 2011) - here
Louie Palu web site - www.louiepalu.com

Photos © Louie Palu/ZUMA Press


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