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Pulitzer Center Update July 3, 2013

Louie Palu Finalist for the Sondheim Artscape Prize


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Louie Palu explores the U.S.-Mexico border where violence runs rampant: What does it look like? How...

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Marisol Espinoza, a 20-year-old woman from Chiapas, Mexico, in a shelter for deportees and migrants the night after she was deported from the United States. She crossed into the United States and walked through the Arizona desert for six days before she was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol. Image by © Louie Palu/ZUMA. Mexico, 2012.

Photojournalist and Pulitzer Center grantee Louie Palu is a finalist for the eighth annual Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. The winner will be announced on Saturday, July 13.

Palu is one of six finalists. As part of the competition, the finalists' works have been installed in the Special Exhibition Gallery of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, from Saturday, June 29 through Sunday, August 11.

Palu is an award-winning documentary photographer whose work has appeared in publications and exhibitions internationally. He is best known for his long-term studies of social and political issues, which include a five-year project on Kandahar, Afghanistan, a project on the prison in Guantanamo Bay and a recent body of work covering the drug war in Mexico. His Mexico work was supported by the Pulitzer Center as part of the project "Drawing the Line: The U.S.-Mexico Border."