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For thirty-three years Alan Pogue has photographed social and political movements in Texas and around the world. The focus of Alan's work includes migrant laborers, prison conditions & criminal justice, Cuba, culture and conflict in the Middle East, and Iraq under sanctions as well as other topics centered on efforts of peace and social betterment.
Alan began his career as a photographer while serving as a chaplain's assistant and combat medic in Vietnam. His photos have appeared in several national and international publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, The International Herald Tribune, Photo District News, The Dallas Morning News, The Austin American Statesman, Kyodo News Japan, The Asahi Shimbun, Yes!: A Journal of Positive Futures, U.S. Catholic, and Texas Monthly. Alan has also served as staff photographer for the Texas Observer for 30 years.
Alan's many honors include a Dobie-Paisano fellowship and being named "Best Photographer" by the Austin Chronicle, 1990-2003. His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1989 Alan's National Farmworker show, sponsored by the National Center for Farmworker Health. In 1995 Alan was invited to present his work on border issues in North America at an international conference at The Sorbonne. In 1998, at the request of C.U.R.E. (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants), and with the help of a grant from Resist, Alan produced a nationwide show on prison reform that opened in 1999 at the Washington Center for Photography.
Since 1998 Alan has worked with Veterans for Peace and Voices In the Wilderness to promote awareness of suffering caused by U.S./U.N. sanctions against Iraq.
He recently returned from documenting Afghan refugees and war victims in Pakistan, in conjunction with Japan-based Global Peace Campaign and Veteran's for Peace.
[Courtesy Verve Gallery for Photography, 2007]