Since receiving a Master’s degree in Photojournalism, Alison has been working as a freelance photographer in the States and Russia. Her most recent project, Minarets and Onion Domes, is a portrait of Kazan, Russia, a city heralded for religious tolerance among its half-Muslim Tatar, half-Orthodox Christian Russian population. She recently published her first book of the same title. Earlier projects include a multifaceted look at the experiences of Muslim-American women; documenting the lives of HIV-positive teens and the complexities of stigma, disease and childhood; and directing and editing a documentary short film about the Miss Austin pageant that explored identity in the context of our beauty-focused society. Alison speaks Russian and her photographic travels have taken her to 14 countries on five continents.
Alison's first solo exhibition opened May 17, 2013 at the Tatarstan State Gallery of Modern Art in Kazan. Her images from Kazan were selected for exhibition in the 2013 Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 2-May 10.
Alison received a BA in Paleoanthropology from New York University and worked as an intern for Dr. Meave Leakey at the Kenya National Museum in Nairobi.