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‘In the Road of Dreams’ – Introducing Larry Louie

January 7, 2014

‘Photography gives me an artistic outlet and expression and an excuse to travel and meet interesting people. It has also been a vehicle for me to highlight social issues that are important to me and bring to light stories that I think other people should know about’ – Larry Louie

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‘As a humanitarian documentary photographer Larry Louie is exploring the lives of remote indigenous people, and moving forwards in documenting social issues around the world. His photographs tell us that he is interested in things that exist outside the regular field of vision. His works are magnificent and his compassion for the people he photographs is admirable’ – GMB Akash

Larry Louie is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Photo District News (PDN), Black and White Photography Magazine, and many more. He has racked up many prestigious awards and won numerous photography contests – from the International Photography Awards (IPA) and various National Geographic contests to the World Photography Gala Awards and Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) category wins.

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GMB AKASH: Please share the greatest challenge/s you faced in your early career as a photographer. Is there any struggle that you overcame and has helped to transform you eternally?

Larry Louie: One of the greatest challenges that I faced early in my career as a photographer was to identify what I wanted to say with my photography.  Growing up in Canada where there is so much natural beauty, I initially did landscape photography, shooting beautiful mountainscapes, sunsets, and snowy trees.  But, I found that it did not inspire me to challenge myself.  About 20 years ago, I was in New York and there was an exhibition of B&W images by photojournalist, Josef Koudelka.  I was so enlightened and inspired by his work that I knew that was what I wanted to do with my own photography.  I wanted to create images of human struggle and interaction, but also to show that there is hope and happiness among the chaos.  I think the most important thing is to create one’s own signature in photography and produce images that inspire you.  That is when the best work comes through.

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