Alta Asks Live: Photographers Paul Kuroda and Safi Alia Shabaik

Two of Alta's contributing photographers take us on a slideshow through their work.

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, let’s hear some of them! Alta contributing photographers Paul Kuroda and Safi Alia Shabaik sit down with Alta’s Beth Spotswood to discuss whether and how their work changed during the extraordinary year that just ended, explain the stories behind each of their powerful images in the Winter 2021 issue of Alta, and answer your burning photography questions. Don’t miss it!

About our guests:

Paul Kuroda was named NPPA/POY Newspaper Photographer of the Year, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and won the 1991 NPPA/Missouri Pictures of the Year award for Newspaper Photographer of the Year. He was born in Fresno, California, and now lives in Piedmont, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Safi Alia Shabaik is a Los Angeles–based artist who earned her BA in fine art with honors at UCLA. Soon after she graduated, Catherine Opie became her mentor and taught her the art of large-scale color printing in Opie’s custom-built darkrooms. After a move to New York, Shabaik became a fashion stylist, photographic documentarian, personal assistant, travel companion, and confidant to the legendary Grace Jones, who gave Shabaik free rein to photograph her anytime they were together.

Shabaik exhibits her work nationally and has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, Alta Journal, CameraCraft, Catalyst: Interviews, VoyageLA, the Advocate, Upworthy, Edge of Humanity Magazine, Artillery, and Shoutout LA, as well as in Jones’s book, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs. She was included in Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 50 in 2020 and was interviewed on the Candid Frame podcast (no. 465). Shabaik was the first recipient of the Las Fotos Project Foto Award for Self-Expression, presented by the Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles Street Collective and a teaching assistant at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. A lover of the human form, Shabaik is also an award-winning mortician.

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