Lori Waselchuk

Lori Waselchuk is an award-winning documentary photographer and videographer. During her 24-year career she has made her home in several cities – in Baton Rouge, LA, Johannesburg, South Africa and now Philadelphia, PA.

As a freelance photojournalist, Waselchuk’s photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Newsweek, LIFE, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She has reproduced photographs for several international aid organizations including CARE, the UN World Food Program, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Vaccine Fund.

Her first monograph, Grace Before Dying (Umbrage Editions, 2011), was recognized by Pictures of the Year International and the Louisiana Press Association. Grace Before Dying continues engage national audiences through two unique exhibitions.  A community exhibit, funded with an Audience Engagement Grant from the Open Society Foundations shows in prisons, churches, museums, libraries and community centers throughout the United States.

Waselchuk’s awards and fellowships include the 2013 Leeway Transformation Award, 2012 Pew Fellowship for the Arts, the Aaron Siskind Foundation’s 2009 Individual Photographer Fellowship, a 2008 Distribution Grant from the Documentary Photography Project of the Open Society Foundations, the 2007 PhotoNOLA Review Prize, and the 2004 Southern African Gender and Media Award for Photojournalism.