|Kael Alford is a documentary photographer, writer and journalist born in Middletown, NY, in 1971. She takes an immersive and long term approach to the subjects she reports including political conflict, underrepresented communities, cultural identity, and the human relationship to the natural environment. Kael began her career in 1996, covering culture and conflict in the Balkans and the Middle East for European and American newspapers and magazines. Her work from Iraq is included in the book and exhibition Unembedded:Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq (Chelsea Green 2006). The book is out of print but available in more than 500 librarys world wide.|
In an ongoing project Alford is making a multi-phase journey through Native American communities on the coast of Louisiana facing dislocation due to massive coastal erosion and the environmental impacts of the oil and gas industries. The first installment of that work Bottom of da Boot: Louisiana's Disappearing Coast was published in a book by Fall Line Press (2012) and was supported by and exhibited in the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA in 2012.
Another ongoing project includes various explorations of motherhood in different social and cultural contexts.
Alford accepts photography assignments and contributes to a range of news outlets, professional publications and literary journals. Kael holds an MA from the University of Missouri and was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Alford teaches photography part-time at Southern Methodist University and at the annual Foundry Photo Workshop. She is represented by Panos Pictures in London and lives in Dallas, Texas.