Alexandra Huddleston is a photographer, book artist, publisher and pilgrim. Huddleston’s early career focused on documentary photography. She earned an MS in journalism from Columbia University, worked as a photography editor in New York City, and shot her first long-term project in Timbuktu, Mali, financed by a Fulbright Grant. The US Library of Congress, the National Museum of African Art, and the British Library acquired the book and photographic prints that resulted from the work “333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu.” The work was also part of the landmark exhibition “West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song” at the British Library (2015).
Between 2009 and 2014, Alexandra walked three of the world’s most important pilgrimages—in Spain, Japan and France—travelling over 2500 kilometer by foot. With each journey, she became less interested in creating a documentary record of the pilgrimage and more interested in exploring the narrative, symbolic and expressive properties of the landscapes through which she walked. She began to view the land as a mirror of the soul and a potential source of wisdom.
Huddleston has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center on an NEA fellowship (USA, 2007), the UCROSS Foundation (USA, 2008), Michigan State University (USA, 2008) and the ‘How to Flatten a Mountain’ residency at Cow House Studios (Ireland, 2016). Her most recent landscape photography project “Vertigo” was honored as a 2016 Critical Mass Finalist.
Alexandra Huddleston is co-founder of the Kyoudai Press, with which she has published “Lost Things” (2012), “333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu” (2013), “East or West: A Walking Journey Along Shikoku’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage” (2014) and “Vertigo” (2016).