Welcome to INTERLOPER, a newsletter about photography.

Every month I send out either an essay or a conversation with an artist.

In previous essays I have written about the ethics of portraiture, photographing childhood, and the illusion of control. Previous artist conversations have included those with Rosalind Fox Solomon, Charlie Engman, and Katrin Koenning.

Thank you for being here!

To briefly introduce myself: I’m Alice Zoo, a photographer and writer living in London. I make photographic work about the different ways that people pursue meaning: through ritual, community, and recounted memory.

I work on commission for publications including National Geographic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, and you may have read my writing on photography in places like the British Journal of Photography, Elephant Magazine, Magnum Photos, and the Royal Photographic Society.

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The Guardian recently featured INTERLOPER in a round-up of the best Substack newsletters, and my essay on Diane Arbus was included in a recent Substack Reads.

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Writing on photography.


Photographer making work about ritual and meaning. Publications include National Geographic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Also writing for British Journal of Photography, Granta, Magnum Photos, and elsewhere.