Louie Palu graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1991 and subsequently moved to New York City on a scholarship where he interned with photographer Mary Ellen Mark. He later returned to Toronto and began working as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines, including working as a staff photographer for six years at Canada’s National Newspaper, The Globe And Mail.
In 1991 he began what would result in 12-years of field-work documenting the working lives of miners collaborating with writer Charlie Angus which would become the critically acclaimed body of work Cage Call: Life and Death in the Hard Rock Mining Belt, which won the Critical Mass Book Award.
Louie’s work has appeared in numerous books, catalogues, 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) and also includes four nominations for the Visa d’Or in the Daily Press Award, Internationale Fototage in Mannheim/Ludwigshafen in Germany, George Eastman House, Ping Yao Festival in China, Fotografia International Festival of Rome, Voies Off Fringe Festival in Arles, France, Centrum for Fotografi in Stockholm, Sweden, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, including exhibitions and festivals in Milan, Vancouver, Halifax, Kosovo, Australia, Moscow, Portugal, France, Belgium and Brazil. His work has also been profiled in foto 8, Lenswork, Photo District News and Doubletake/Points of Entry.
Louie is the recipient of numerous awards including
a 2008 Hasselblad Master Award and a Best of Photojournalism Award from the NPPA in 2008, a Silver Medal from the Society of Newspaper Design for photography, Canadian Association of Journalism’s 2007 award for photojournalism. In the summer of 2006 he was selected for Photography Now: one hundred portfolios, as one of a 100 photographers included in an international survey of photography, which was juried by curators from Europe, Japan and the United States.
Louie’s work is included in numerous private and public collections including The Library and Archives of Canada, The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Portland Art Museum, George Eastman House International Museum of Film and Photography and the Portrait Gallery of Canada. His editorial work has appeared in numerous publications and online including Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Forbes, USA Today, NPR, CBC, Maclean’s Magazine, Asia Times and The Globe and Mail.