Contemporary photographers: Gabriela Bulisova

Gabriela Bulisova is a documentary photographer from the former Czechoslovakia, currently based in Washington, DC. She has received numerous recognitions and awards, including: the Corcoran School of Art and Design Faculty Grant Award; the Aperture Portfolio Review Top Tier Portfolios of Merit; the CEC ArtsLink Projects grant; the Puffin Foundation Grant; the PDN Annual Photography Competition Winner in Student Category award; and the CANON “Explorer of Light” award. Bulisova was a participant at the Eddie Adams Workshop for emerging photographers and a graduate fellow at the National Graduate Photography Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Bulisova teaches photography and photojournalism courses at George Mason University in Virginia and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC.  She is a member of the Metro Collective Photographic Agency and the Women Photojournalists of Washington.  In 2005, Bulisova was awarded the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.

In her own words…..

“My lens is not dispassionate – I am an advocate. I carry my camera to the world’s marginalized places – like Chernobyl, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Many of my projects bring to light the very real consequences of human tragedies that have been extensively covered up or have faded from view. We all know that the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident was one of the most devastating industrial accidents in history. But there has been a shocking lack of attention to its long-term impact, including extensive ecological, medical, economic, socio-political and cultural consequences. My project titled “Half Lives and Half Truths” brings the very real consequences back into the public sphere.”

Home décor. Cluster bomb ammunition. Lebanon, 2006

Photograph of a grandfather…all that remained after bombing. Lebanon, 2006

Hydrocephalic child, Minsk orphanage. Belarus, 2003 (in memoriam)

Check out her set of galleries at Photo Shelter. Of particular note:



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