I'm Eli, a freelance photojournalist based in Denver, Colorado. I'm interested in exploring systemic injustices, trauma and healing, culture, identity and place through visual storytelling. I also love telling stories through audio and video.

My photography has been featured by publications like The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, High Country News and Bloomberg Markets Magazine. I regularly contribute photography to The Denver Post and Colorado Public Radio, too. Recently, I received a grant from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project with which I documented trauma and healing in the wake of police violence. My audio work has appeared in NPR Morning Edition, Colorado Public Radio, City Cast Denver, KBGA College Radio and Sounds of Our Lives.

Before freelancing, I interned as a visual journalist at The Arizona Republic, Austin American-Statesman and Bozeman Daily Chronicle, producing news photography and some videography. I earned a BA in journalism from the University of Montana in 2019 and worked for the independent student paper there, the Montana Kaimin.

I grew up in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. My interest in photojournalism stemmed from escaping the sprawl to bask in the natural world of the Colorado Plateau. It eventually evolved into a passion for documenting the human experience in all its complexity and wonder. Growing up in a liminal space, the son of  an American Jewish mother and an immigrant Kabyle and Muslim father, has afforded me a unique and nuanced perspective to tell stories.

I love food, identifying flowers, riding my bike or skateboard, jumping in rivers and exploring. Cheers!

  • +1 (480) 512-2035
  • eimadali16@gmail.com
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Available for assignment
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