Lisa Elmaleh, an American visual artist, educator, and documentarian, is the recipient of the 2022 Arnold Newman Prize for exhibiting a compelling new vision in photographic portraiture.
Lisa started her photographic journey in 2008 with the Everglades project, where she returned to her native South Florida to document the landscape’s highly diverse and threatened ecosystems. Through this photographic project, she hoped to safeguard the vital landscape, more than half of which has been repurposed for urban and agricultural use. For her recent project, The Promised Land, Elmaleh created a series of portraits documenting the lives impacted by American policies along the US/Mexico border crisis. She began the project in Boca Chica Beach at the U.S and Mexico border when the contractors were rushing to build the border wall. In her search, she hoped to find out who the United States was trying to exclude and why. Lisa maintained written journals as she traveled for one year and embraced the idea of slowness, giving space and time to the voices whose paths she crossed, including migrants, nuns, volunteers, and groups looking for missing migrants in the desert.
Lisa completed a BFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2007 and currently travels in a truck containing a bed and a portable darkroom.
This year's finalists include Anna Grevenitis for REGARD, Andrew Kung for The All-American, and Rania Matar for Where Do I Go? (Lawen Ruh لوين روح).
About The Arnold Newman Prize: The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture is a $20,000 prize awarded annually to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in photographic portraiture.
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2022 Arnold Newman Prize Winners - Maine Media Workshops + College
The winner, finalists, honorable mentions and jurors of the 2022 Arnold Newman Prize.