Contact:

  • (480) 512-2035
  • eimadali16@gmail.com
  • Phoenix, AZ based
  • Available for assignments throughout the Southwest.

I'm Eli, an award-winning visual journalist. I've freelanced for publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and CityLab. I've interned as a visual journalist for The Arizona Republic/USA Today Network, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, producing daily photos and some videos. When in college, I worked as a multimedia journalist for the University of Montana's independent student paper, the Montana Kaimin.

Portrait by Moe Clark.

About

Who: I'm an Algerian-American visual journalist from the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. My interest in photojournalism stemmed from a love of capturing beautiful places and evolved into a passion for documenting the human experience in all its complexity and wonder. I often get nostalgic about the suburbs or think about my identity as a multiethnic person.

Awards:

  • 2019 SPJ Mark of Excellence, Region 10, online in-depth reporting
  • 2018 SPJ Mark of Excellence, Region 10, feature photography
  • 2018 SPJ Mark of Excellence, Region 10, finalist in breaking news photography
  • 6th place nationally, 2019 Hearst Journalism Awards for radio
  • Featured image in Getty Images #ReportageSpotlight

Background: I stumbled upon photojournalism and documentary work after my freshman year of school, depressed and confused about my direction when I realized I didn't want to be a plant scientist. After watching online talks by photojournalists while living in Costa Rica alone for three months working at a butterfly garden and roaming the streets with my camera, I fell in love with it. That was more than three years ago, and I've worked hard to learn, improve, and make meaningful images since. I believe deeply in the power of a photograph to connect people; to illustrate the human experience, inform the public, expose the truth, hold power to account, influence legislation, evoke empathy and curiosity -- to change the world. This may seem preachy, but I'm really into it.

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