Alex Kay Potter, a Minnesota-born photojournalist and nurse, presents her images and experience covering crises in Yemen since 2012. With a focus on civilian unrest, Potter has returned to Yemen frequently, tracking the changes and impact of the war on families and community members. Potter will discuss her time in Yemen as well as new projects, including recent coverage of conflict in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.
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About Reimagining the Image
This series examines film, photography, and new media from the artist’s perspective. Taking lens-based work as a starting point, Reimagining the Image invites in imagemakers who pose new questions about the social function of photography, use alternative and emerging practices, and ask critical questions about the form.
Alex Potter is a photographer and journalist from the Midwest working mostly in the Middle East. Her work explores conflict and trust, loss and isolation within communities and relationships. Potter aims to bridge the gap between the foreign and familiar by creating thought-provoking and emotional images. While not photographing, she is either fighting fires out West, working as a nurse, or trying to convince herself to run more.
In 2018, Potter received the James W. Foley Foundation Ground Truth Middle East Reporting Grant and the IWMF Great Lakes Reporting Fellowship, and in 2017, she received the International Reporting Project Gender Issues Fellowship and the Pulitzer Center Women Photograph Inaugural Grant. Her work has been published in National Geographic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Harper's Bazaar, among others.