Melbourne VIC, Australia
Alana Holmberg (b. 1983) is an Australian documentary photographer, writer and occasional filmmaker based in Melbourne.
Interested in the sweet spot where new media, the internet and multimedia storytelling meets, Alana experiments with new ways to engage audiences and forge empathy through her photography projects. In her freelance assignments, Alana works with local and international NGO and non-profit organisations to create contemporary multimedia content and experiences. To date her personal work has explored the experiences of women in relation to family, body image, technology and feminism.
Alana is the recipient of the 2016 Pool Grant and a member of Oculi collective. Her work has been published in SLATE, Medium and Photographer's without Borders Magazine. Her clients include Plan International Australia, World Bank, Action Aid Australia, AFAP Action on Poverty. She was a speaker at TedxManly in 2014 about empathy and photography.
2016 - Pool Grant Recipient, 2014 - LUMIX Festival of Young Photojournalism, 2014 - HeadOn Photo Festival Multimedia Prize, 2014 - ACMP Student Documentary Photographer of the Year, 2017 - High Commended Maggie Diaz Photography Prize, 2017 - Finalist - William and Wilfred Bowness Prize, 2017 - Finalist - National Photographic Portrait Prize
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- Video editing
The Price of Conflict
In 2016 I was commissioned by World Bank to produce a series of photo essays, portraits and supporting feature articles to complement a series of 360 degree virtual reality films exploring the price of conflict in four East Asia Pacific countries: Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar and Philippines.
In addition to the photographic and written content, I was a key part of the film crew, providing narrative and interview support for each film. For more information and to see the films, visit www.worldbank.s1t2.com.au
And Holland Has Tulips
There was only one person who had Down Syndrome in the town I grew up. His name was Brian and he lived with his family near my high school. Our paths didn’t cross much but when they did, I never knew what to say or how to act around him. Fear of saying the wrong thing usually prevented me from saying anything at all.
I had few opportunities to spend time with people like Brian in my twenties. My discomfort remained intact and unchallenged; a lump in my throat I had done nothing to budge. In that sense, shame was where this work began.
I mentioned the idea to my Aunt and she suggested I call her cousin Lois to discuss the possibility of a project with her daughter, Alyssa. And so it began.
And Holland Has Tulips is multimedia journal, a collection of thoughts and events gathered about my cousin Alyssa, our relationship and what it taught me.
Photographed from April - October 2014 in Melbourne’s western suburbs.