Alexandra Huddleston is an artist and writer whose work challenges and transforms our approaches to landscape. Her research begins on foot,with the mud on her boots and rain on her lens, and it is enriched by the literature, history, and mythology of place.

In the course of her career, Huddleston has lived for ten months in one of the manuscripts libraries of Timbuktu, supported by a Fulbright Research Grant, and has walked three of the world’s most important pilgrimages, in Spain, France, and Japan. Walks in Ireland have been supported by residencies at Cow House Studios, 2016, Cill Rialaig, 2017, and Walking Birds’ Mountain II, 2019. Work in Scotland has been supported by Common Ground, 2017, and work in The Netherlands by the Jan van Eyck Academie, 2019. 

Her photographic prints have been acquired by the US Library of Congress, the Smithsonian – National Museum of African Art, and the British Library, among other eminent institutions.  As creative director and co-founder of the Kyoudai Press, she has published Lost Things333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in TimbuktuEast or West: A Walking Journey Along Shikoku’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage, and Vertigo.

Huddleston’s exploration of landscape and culture grew from her international upbringing. She was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, United States, and Bamako, Mali. She holds a Masters of Letters in Fine Art Practice from the Glasgow School of Art, an MS in journalism from Columbia University, and a BA in studio art and East Asian studies from Stanford University.

Link : price list for limited edition, archival ink-jet prints


(2017-2018) Glasgow School of Art, Masters Of Letters In Fine Art Practice

(2003-2004)  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, MS

(1996-2001)  Stanford University, BA with distinction, double-major in Studio Art and East Asian Studies

Collections, photographic prints:

British Library, United States Library of Congress (Prints and Photographs Division), Michigan State University (Residential College in the Arts and Humanities), National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution (Smithsonian Institution Eliot Elisofon Photo Archives), New York University, Northwestern University (The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies), United States Embassy, Bamako, Mali

Collections, books:

British Library, Brooklyn Museum, Glasgow School of Art, Harvard University, Hutchins Center Library, Michigan State University, New York University Bobst Library, University of Capetown Oppenheimer Library, University of Pennsylvania


Residencies / Masterclass:

(08/2019) Walking Birds’ Mountain II residency, Tread Softly festival, Sligo, Ireland [funded]

(11/2018 - 06/2019)  “RURBAN. Landscapes on the move,” Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands [funded masterclass]

(10/ 2017)  Common Ground residency, Braemar, Scotland

(04/ 2017)  Cill Rialaig Retreat residency, Baile an Sceilg, Ireland

(05/2016)  How to Flatten a Mountain residency, Cow House Studios, Ireland

(09-10/2008)  Michigan State University, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, MI [guest artist]

(03/2008)  UCROSS Foundation residency, Clearmont, WY

(11/2007)  Vermont Studio Center residency, Johnson, VT [NEA fellowship]


(10/2008)  Exhibition Grant, US Embassy, Bamako, Mali

(2006-2007)  Fulbright Student Islamic Civilizations Grant for research in Timbuktu, Mali

(06/2000)  URO Humanities and Creative Arts Major Grant, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

(12/1998)  Stanford University Overseas Studies Research Grant, Kyoto, Japan


(09/2018) Shortlisted for the Glasgow School of Art ‘2018 Sustainability Degree Show Prize’

(08/2016)  Finalist, 2016 Critical Mass photography competition

(06/2001)  The Daniel M. & Mildred H. Mendelowitz Memorial Scholarship, Stanford, CA

(05/2001)  Elected Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford Chapter, CA

(06/1995)  Faculty Prize for outstanding scholarship during the senior year, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

 Self-Published Works, photo books:

Vertigo, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC, hand-bound, limited-edition artist book (11/2016)

East or West: A Walking Journey Along Shikoku’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC (9/2014)

333 SAINTS: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu / L’esprit Du Savoir à Tombouctou (English/ French), The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC (9/2013)

Searching for Lost Time: Night Photographs from Timbuktu, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC (9/2013)

Self-Published Works, chapbooks:

Amor Fati, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC, with poetry by Robert Huddleston (12/2014)

Lost Things, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC, with poetry by Robert Huddleston (12/2012)

Selected Speaking Engagements (over 20 presentations since 2008):

(04/2018)  New York University Bobst Library, New York, NY

(10/2017)  Talk See Photography, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland

(04/2016)  Speaker at The 68th Annual Conference on World Affairs, Boulder, CO

(01/2016)  World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

(11/2015)  Poster Presenter at the 38th Annual Fulbright Association Conference, Atlanta, GA

(10/2015)  SOAS, University of London, London, UK

(03/2014)  Library of Congress, Washington DC

(10/2013) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Global Education Center, Chapel Hill, NC

(10/2013)  World Affairs Council, Washington DC

Two-person Exhibitions:

(06/2018) Into the Woods, The Art School, Glasgow, Scotland [with Gabriele Stuckemeier]

Group Exhibitions:

(08/2019) Walking Birds’ Mountain IIThe Factory Performance Space, Tread Softly festival, Sligo, Ireland

(07-08/2019) Walking Birds’ Mountain IThe Nest, Tread Softly festival, Sligo, Ireland

(07/2019) Relay 1, Tramway Upper Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

(06-07/19) RURBAN. Landscapes on the move, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands

(05/2019) ‘something beautiful,’ La Vallée, Brussels, Belgium

(10/2018) 2018 Aké Arts and Book Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

(10/2018) The Lion’s Face, ‘Common Ground’ group show, Pipe Factory, Glasgow, Scotland

(09/2018) Graduate Degree Show 2018, Glasgow School of Art, Tontine, Glasgow, Scotland [catalogue]

(04/2018)  Window Vistas, Part of the GY Open House Arts Festival, McLellan Galleries, Scotland

(11/2017)  Fear of White Walls, Work in Progress by MLitt Photography and Moving Image, McLellan Galleries, Scotland

(07-10/2017)  Disappearing World, Edition One Gallery, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(10-11/2016)  Transitions, ASMP and Edition One Gallery, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(07/2016)  How to Flatten a Mountain, PhotoIreland Festival 2016, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin, Ireland [curated by Ángel luis González and Kate Strain]

(07-10/2016)  THE FENCE 2016: New Mexico Photographer Showcase, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(04/2016)  Premise, Process, Product, CWA and the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery, Boulder, CO

(10/2015-02/2016)  West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song, British Library, London, UK [catalogue]

(06-09/2015)  Immigration, Migration, and Evolving Boundaries, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(12/2014-03/2015)  Timbuktu Renaissance, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium

(11-12/2014)  Photography Open Salon, Office Sessions III, London, UK [curated by Vanja Karas]

(03-04/2013)  An Eye for An Ear, ChinaHouse, Penang, Malaysia [curated by Vanja Karas]

(10/2012-03/2013)  ANTHOLOGY 2012, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL

(07-09/2012)  An Eye for An Ear, Gallery Huit, Arles, France [Juried Exhibition with catalogue]

(06/2012)  Review Santa Fe Alumni Exhibition 2012, Review Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

(01-03/2012)  5th Annual Plastic Camera Show, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA [Juried Exhibition]

(09-10/2010)  FotoGrafia Rome, Futurspectives, Rome, Italy [curated by Marc Prust]

(02-04/2010)  3rd Annual Plastic Camera Show, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA [Juried Exhibition]

 Solo Exhibitions of The Scholarship of Islam: Timbuktu, Mali:

(02-03/2010)  Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM

(12/2008)  French Cultural Center, Bamako, Mali

(10/2008)  Multimedia Conservatory of the Arts at Balla Fasseké Kouyaté, Bamako, Mali

(10/2008)  National Forum on Koranic Education at the Bamako International Conference Center, Mali

(09-10/2008)  RCAH LookOut! Gallery, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Book Fairs:

(10/2018) De Week Van Het Kunstenaarsboek, Groningen, The Netherlands

(04/2018) GSA Self Publishing Society table at the Glasgow Zine Festival

(02/2018) Fresh Focus table at the Fruitmarket Gallery Artists' Book Market

Media Clients:

Tilting at Windmills [Glasgow International art event] (2018);  National Geographic Explorer and Extreme Explorer (2018, 2009); Ultreïa (2017); Mental_Floss (2016); KulturAustausch III (2013); Zenith (2012); Bundesverband Kinderhospiz e.V. (2012); Zeit Magazine (2011); The New York Times (2011)

Selected Press:


Essays on Photography:

 Link to a list of essays and book reviews written by Alexandra Huddleston


Link to a list of videos made in connection with selected projects

Online Features:

(2018)  The New Mexico Museum of Art Instagram, 'Instagram Initiative'

(2017)  The Photo Review, '2017 Competition: Flora'

(2017)  Tupelo Quarterly, 'From Pied Beauty'

(2016)  The Photo Review, '2016 Competition: Interventions on the Land'

Selected Book Contributions:

(2018)  Photographs contributed to Our Woman in Havana, by Vicki Huddleston

(2016)  Photographs contributed to Lightfoot Guide to the Via Podiensis, by Angelynn Meya

(2015)  Photograph contributed to fossils of light + time, by Elizabeth Avedon [juried]

(2015)  Cover photograph contributed to States of Marriage, by Emily S. Burrill

(2013)  Photograph contributed to To Timbuktu for a Haircut, by Rick Antonson

(2012)  Photograph contributed to African Cosmos: Stellar Arts catalogue, Smithsonian Museum

(2012)  Photograph contributed to Tales From Timbuktu, National Geographic Explorer Collection

Selected Publications as Author, Articles and Videos:

(Summer 2015)  ‘Land of Saints and Scholars,’ in Doorways: Holton-Arms School Magazine

(05/2013)  ‘Der Verlorene Glanz Der 333 Heiligen,’ in Zenith Mediathek, ZenithOnline

(07/2012)  ‘333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship Under Threat,’ video and website launch

(Fall 2011)  ‘Signs In Nature,’ in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction

(Fall 2009)  ‘Divine Learning,’ in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction

Photo Book Reviers for PHOTO-EYE | BLOG:

(11/2014)  Review of Christina Capetillo’s An Everchanging Monument in Photo-eye | BLOG

(04/2014)  Review of William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography in Photo-eye | BLOG

(10/2013)  ‘A Short Story from the (Self-Publishing) Trenches’ in Photo-eye | BLOG

(04/2013)  Review of Walker Evans’ American Photographs in Photo-eye | BLOG

(04/2012)  Review of Viviane Sassen’s Parasomnia in Photo-eye | BLOG

(09/2011)  Review of Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico Roma in Photo-eye | BLOG

(06/2011)  Review of Takashi Homma’s New Documentary in Photo-eye | BLOG

(12/2010)  Review of Anthony Hamboussi’s Newtown Creek in Photo-eye | BLOG