Gabriela Bulisova is a documentary photographer from the former Czechoslovakia, based in Washington, DC. She carries her camera to the world’s marginalized places, where -- in places like Chernobyl, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria -- she brings the faces of the forgotten to the light and gives voices to those who have been silenced. Her lens is not dispassionate. Rather, she is an advocate. The dignity, resilience, and persevering humanity amid unimaginable hardship and despair of the individuals she photographs leave her no choice but to cling to her belief that, with pictures, one can ultimately alleviate pain and rally support for social justice.
Bulisova has received numerous recognitions and awards, including: the 2013 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize; Open Society Institute’s Documentary Project’s Moving Walls 18; the Corcoran School of Art and Design Faculty Grant Award; the Aperture Portfolio Review Top Tier Portfolios of Merit; the CEC ArtsLink Projects grant; the Puffin Foundation Grant; the PDN Annual Photography Competition Winner in Student Category award; and the CANON “Explorer of Light” award. Bulisova was a participant at the Eddie Adams Workshop for emerging photographers and a graduate fellow at the National Graduate Photography Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY. She is a member of the Metro Collective and the Women Photojournalists of Washington. In 2005, Bulisova was awarded the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.
2013 Sondheim Prize recipient
The National Press Photographers Association’s Short Grant
Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls 18
Aperture Portfolio Review Top Tier Portfolios of Merit
CEC ArtsLink Projects grant
A Puffin Foundation Grant
PDN Annual Photography Competition Winner in the Student Category
Canon “Explorer of Light” award