Wedding Party (Kampala, Uganda) - 2002
Newlyweds gather with family at a Luanda city park to take wedding photos just weeks after the country’s civil war ended in 2002.
Lori Waselchuk (b. 1964, USA) is a documentary photographer whose photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Newsweek, LIFE, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She has produced photographs for several international aid organizations including CARE, the UN World Food Program, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Vaccine Fund. She is also adjunct faculty at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington D.C. and The New School in New York NY. Waselchuk published her first monograph Grace Before Dying in 2011. Currently, she continues her work in Louisiana with a project on the bridges of New Orleans with the generous support from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
She is a recipient of the Aaron Siskind Foundation’s 2009 Individual Photographer Fellowship, a 2008 Distribution Grant from the Documentary Photography Project of the Open Society Institute, the 2007 PhotoNOLA Review Prize, and the 2004 Southern African Gender and Media Award for Photojournalism. Waselchuk was also a nominee for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize for Photography, a finalist in the 2008 Aperture West Book Prize, and a finalist in the 2006 and 2008 Critical Mass Review.
Her work is found in private and public collections including: the South African National Gallery, New Orleans Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Louisiana State Museum Collections, The Free Library of Philadelphia.
Personal connection to Anton: Lori worked with Anton at The Star and The Sunday Independent for several years. She says his brilliance as a color photographer strongly influenced her ‘African Nights’ project.