Alexandra Rose Howland (1990, US/UK) has lived in the Middle East for the last five years, creating work that aims to challenge and expand the ways that geopolitical events are communicated. Her background as an abstract painter informs her practice, resulting in multidimensional projects that use images, found objects, interviews and video. The immersive experiences Howland seeks to provide for her audience intends to generate a more honest understanding of “the other” while also questioning the contemporary conundrum of image saturation.
Howland began photographing in 2015 after relocating to Turkey where she became intent on intervening within the images that have formed the dialogue around the Middle East. She moved to Iraq in 2017 and has since been documenting the environment surrounding conflict.
Howland has shown internationally with both solo and group exhibitions including Road to Mosul (solo), London, Textured to Only Us (solo), Los Angeles, I-ΣMIGRAZIONI (group), Italy, and Where I Lay My Head (group), Australia, among others. Howland regularly works with National Geographic, The New York Times, Le Monde, and Wall Street Journal among others.
Upcoming Howland has a solo exhibition at FOAM Museum Amsterdam as well as a book publication with GOST Books.
Guest Lecturer at Harvard University, 2019 & 2020
Guest Lecturer at Dana Hall School, 2020
Shortlisted for Grand Prix Images Vevey 2021
Shortlisted for Grand Prix Book Award Images Vevey 2021
Member of Women Photograph, Current
1 of 20 Photographers to Watch, Artsy, 2019
Participated in Joop Swart Masterclass, 2019
1 of 35 Photographers to Watch, LensCulture, 2018
Participant of Eddie Adams XXX, 2018
Awarded the Edwing Ewing Scholarship, 2015
Recipient of Discovery Scholar Award Recipient, 2015
Recipient of Roski Outstanding BFA Graduate Award, 2014
Selected for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2014
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & PUBLICATIONS
Road to Mosul- Oxo Tower; London & Baghdad, 2018
Textured to Only Us- Old Bank District; Los Angeles, USA, 2015
Tomorrow It Will Rain- The Chapel Gallery; Los Angeles, USA, 2014
Gravel Roads to Rimrock- Helen Lindhurst Gallery; Los Angeles, USA, 2014
I-ΣMIGRAZIONI- Palazzo Ducale, Photo Lux Festival; Napoli, Italy, 2017
Where I Lay My Head- Hillvale Gallerym Melbourne; Australia, 2017
Not Seeing Anything- Alt Gallery; Istanbul, Turkey, 2016
the ways we stand by- Protocinema 5533; Istanbul, Turkey, 2015
Pathos Riot- Night Gallery; Los Angeles, USA, 2014
Tiger- Grice Bench Gallery; Los Angeles, USA, 2013
Leave and Let Us Go; GOST Books, 2021
No Need For Tears, I’m Fine; Self-Published, 2015
Publications and Clients
National Geographic, HyperAllergic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, Le Monde, The Atlantic, Visa Paper,
Lensculture, PDN, Open Society Foundations, The Telegraph, Newsweek, de Volkskrant, The Daily Beast