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Louie Palú collection

Identifier: AG 261

Scope and Contents

The collection relates to Palú’s research as a Milton Rogovin Research Fellow as well as his work as a documentary photographer and filmmaker. Materials include research files, correspondence, and notes surrounding the Rogovin Research Fellowship at the CCP; newspapers created by Palú covering Guantanamo Bay; background information on the photographs Palú donated to the CCP; and a meal ration postcard sent from Palú to chief curator Becky Senf. Additional materials received in June 2019 and include body armor and ephemera from combat operations in Afghanistan and filming in Ukraine.


  • 2006 - 2016


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

Louie Palú is a Canadian documentary photographer and filmmaker known for covering social-political issues, including war, povery and human rights. Palú has covered the war in Kandahar, Afghanistan (2006-2010) and the drug war on the US-Mexico border (2011-2012). In addition to the above, Palú’s projects also include Cage Call: Life and Death in the Hard Rock Mining Belt with author Charlie Angus; his six years of work as a staff photographer for The Globe and Mail (2001-2007); asbestos and its impact on its victims; and Guantanamo Bay. Palú is a current board member of the Frontline Freelance Register, an organization that advocates for freelancers’ rights and safety.

His award-winning work has appeared in publications, exhibitions, and collections around the world and Palú is the recipient of many awards and fellowships. Palú is Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2016-2017); Harry Ransom Center Research Fellow (2016-2017); Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow (2011-2012); and Milton Rogovin Fellow with the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona (2015). He has also received two Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grants.

Other publications include Front Towards Enemy with an essay by the Center for Creative Photography’s chief curator Becky Senf (2017); Mirrors of Stone: Fragments from the Porcupine Frontier (2001); and Industrial Cathedrals of the North (1999).


5 Boxes (6.5 linear feet)

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


The materials in this collection relate to Palú’s research as a Milton Rogovin Research Fellow and his work as a documentary photographer and filmmaker. There is also body armor from combat operation photography coverage.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Activity files, 2006 – 2016, 5 boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Louie Palú in 2016. Additional materials received from Palú in 2019.

Related Materials

Photographs in the CCP Fine Print collection.

Processing Information

Materials donated by Louie Palú in 2016. Additional materials received from Palú in 2019.

Louie Palú archive 2006 – 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States