The Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective is proud to present the work of Allen Agostino, as part of the 2018 Contact Photography Festival.
Allen is the 2017 winner of the Ali Mustafa Award for People's Journalism. In this exhibit, he calls attention to the dire state of fire services in First Nations communities.
Residents of First Nations communities are 10 times more likely to die in a fire-related incident than those in the rest of the country. Documentary photographer Allen Agostino’s work shines a light on what it’s like to be an Indigenous firefighter in communities where fire services are woefully underfunded.
Allen is a graduate of the International Center of Photography in New York City. His work has previously appeared on Al Jazeera America, News Day, The Toronto Star, Narratively, Newsweek, The Independent, and Inside Toronto.
The Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective came together to honour the life and work of the Toronto-based photojournalist Ali Mustafa, who was killed on assignment in Syria in 2014. The annual award in his name recognizes and supports emerging photojournalists who are committed to documenting social struggles.
At this exhibit, we will also introduce and hear from the winner of the 2018 award: Samya Feza Lugoma.