Alyssa Schukar is a Chicago-based documentary photographer, teacher, and workshop leader. Her work focuses on how the environment and public policies affect communities.
She's worked extensively in East Chicago, Indiana — once touted as the country’s “most industrialized municipality” — which offers a view of environmental injustices emerging throughout the Rust Belt. This work was recently honored with Cliff Edom's "New America Award."
Schukar spent the first five years of her career on staff at a newspaper in the Great Plains where she traveled on documentary and portrait assignments. She also spent two months reporting daily during a military embed in Afghanistan.
A frequent contributor to the New York Times, her images have appeared in The New Yorker, PBS NewsHour, The New York Times Magazine, the Lens blog, TIME Magazine, ProPublica, Chicago magazine, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal among others. National commercial clients include US Bank, UPS, Chase and Glenmorangie. Recently, she participated in a national photo campaign for The New York Times T Brand Studio.
World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association have honored her work, and in 2014, she was named the Great Plains Photographer of the Year. She's participated in Review Santa Fe and the New York Times Portfolio Review. Last year, she was named a Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographer and lead photographic workshops in New York City and Chicago. In 2018, she will participate in the Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project.
Schukar has worked professionally in several countries outside of North America, including Afghanistan, India, Scotland, and France.
Aerial, Documentary, Sports, Portrait, Backpack Journalism, Still Photography