Allison Hess
Photographer

Originally from a small town west of Houston, Texas, my interest in photography stems from my grandfather, who kept a detailed scrapbook, containing photographs of his entire life. This is what sparked my interest in that a person’s life was able to told as a story through photos, rather than words.

I became interested in photojournalism while attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I strive to produce photographs that challenge an individual’s perceptions of situations or topics. Through stories that I have produced, I hope that people find what they might have in common with others, rather than what might set us apart.

Allison Hess
Photographer

Originally from a small town west of Houston, Texas, my interest in photography stems from my grandfather, who kept a detailed scrapbook, containing photographs of his entire life. This is what sparked my interest in that a person’s life was able to told as a story through photos, rather than words.

I became interested in photojournalism while attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I strive to produce photographs that challenge an individual’s perceptions of situations or topics. Through stories that I have produced, I hope that people find what they might have in common with others, rather than what might set us apart.

  • Adraint Khadafhi Bereal: The Black Yearbook
    Publication
    4 Color Books / Penguin Random House
    International
    When photographer Adraint Bereal graduated from the University of Texas, he self-published an impressive volume of portraits, personal statements, and interviews that explored UT’s campus culture and offered an intimate look at the lives of Black students matriculating within a majority white space. Bereal’s work was inspired by his first photo exhibition at the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, entitled 1.7, that unearthed the experiences of the 925 Black men that made up just 1.7% of UT’s total 52,000 student body. (more…)
  • An-My Lê: Between Two Rivers
    Nov 5, 2023 – Mar 16, 2024
    MoMA
    New York, USA
    For 30 years, the photographs of artist An-My Lê have engaged the complex fictions that inform how we justify, represent, and mythologize warfare and other forms of conflict. Lê does not take a straightforward photojournalistic approach to depicting combat. Rather, with poetic attention to politics and landscape, she meditates on the meaning of perpetual violence, war’s environmental impact, and the significance of diaspora. (more…)
  • How we remember tomorrow
    Feb 13 – Jun 15, 2024
    University of Queensland Art Museum
    Brisbane, Australia
    How we remember tomorrow celebrates storytelling across generations, through oceans and waterways and transcending eras and perspectives. Featured artists understand the watery spaces of our planet as ancestral archives: sources of knowledge that carry stories and cultural practices. Alongside their kin, they honour intergenerational narratives that are disseminated along ocean currents despite ongoing colonial legacies of forced displacement, homeland dispossession, indenture and the loss or dormancy of vital cultural practices. (more…)
  • Five Easy Pieces
    Jan 31 – Mar 16, 2024
    Croy Nielsen
    Wien, Austria
    Time is sentient in Five Easy Pieces. Wrapped in their ardent and solemn thoughts these three artists say no more than is necessary. They speak a laconic visual language, for these inductive states are a feeling and a gesture marked by the implacable need to express the presence of a state of being, for a form cannot measure, nor words define the vastness of the ineffable. (more…)