Alyssa Schukar is a Chicago-based documentary photographer and educator. In her personal work, she is most interested in documenting how the environment and public policies affect communities. Some of these images were honored with Cliff Edom's "New America Award."
Alyssa is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Her images have also appeared in the National Geographic magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic and TIME magazine. National commercial clients include US Bank, UPS, Chase and Glenmorangie.
She believes photojournalists advance and improve the industry by supporting each other. In 2019, Alyssa and two colleagues launched Prism Photo Workshop, which provides support and advocacy for young photographers of diverse backgrounds.
She is a returning faculty member at the Missouri Photo Workshop and has taught at several universities. She has also taught photography workshops in New York City and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association have honored her work. She was a still photography judge in 2019 for the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism competition and the Perry Photo Challenge.
Alyssa is a native of the Great Plains and a proud graduate of the University of Nebraska. She has worked professionally in several countries outside of North America, including Afghanistan, India, Scotland, and France.