Since receiving a Master’s degree in Photojournalism, Alison has been working as a freelance photographer in the US and Russia. Her most recent project, Minarets and Onion Domes, is a portrait of Kazan, Russia, a city heralded for religious tolerance among its half-Muslim Tatar, half-Orthodox Christian Russian population. Earlier projects include a multifaceted look at the experiences of Muslim-American women; documenting the lives of HIV-positive teens and the complexities of stigma, disease and childhood; and directing and editing a documentary short film about the Miss Austin pageant that explored identity in the context of our beauty-focused society. Alison speaks Russian and is currently based in Kazan, Russia.
In May 2013, Alison was invited to produce a solo exhibition at the Tatarstan State Gallery of Modern Art in Kazan. Her images from Kazan were also selected for exhibition in the 2013 Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Alison received a BA in Paleoanthropology from New York University and worked as an intern for Dr. Meave Leakey at the Kenya National Museum in Nairobi.