Photographer’s Q&A – Louie Palu

This week’s Q&A is with Washington D.C.-based, Canadian documentary photographer Louie Palu. His web site is


What were your first steps in the industry?

Going to the mines of northern Ontario and not caring about anything but taking photos and enjoying it.


What were your fears as a student?

That I couldn’t make enough money to keep taking pictures. Otherwise, I was
excited all the way through.


When you were a student, what did you want to do after graduation and are
you where you thought you would be now?

I wanted to be a photojournalist covering stories that meant a lot ot me
and that is exactly where I am now.


What are your biggest inspirations?

Books, film, music, my parents and now my wife.


Did you have a mentor? How important are mentors?

I had several people who mentored me in bits and pieces. Some were good,
some were terrible. In the end, I did my own thing and rebelled.


What was a pivotal point in your career?
Working at The Globe and Mail in Toronto.


Do you find you are always changing to adapt to the industry?

Changing and adapting to life and photography is a constant we all must
face. So enjoyably, I say YES!


How important is multimedia to you?

It is important only because I am always into new things. I am currently
working on a way to integrate it into my work, without it looking like
everyone else’s work.


What inspired you to be a photojournalist?

Punk rock and Don McCullin.


What is your favourite way to unwind?

Hanging out with my wife, reading books and riding my bike.


What’s the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you about being a

Never take NO for an answer.


A Photo District News (PDN) profile of Louie Palu is here.



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