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Alex Potter

Alex Potter is a photographer based in the Middle East and the Midwest. In 2012, she was selected as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Lebanon. She is a recipient of a Chris Hondros Student Fellowship, as well as a Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship from 2012–2014. Her work has been recognized by PDN Photo Annual and American Photography, among others.


Photo by Alex Potter

The New Berliners

Spring 2017 | Reporting

On a chilly April morning in 2016, at a newly converted shelter in southern Berlin, Om Belal struggled as she maneuvered her ten-year-old son, Jad, in his wheelchair out the building’s front door.

Alex Potter


Winter 2017 | Essays

Ahlam, twenty-seven, was visiting Germany for a conference in the spring of 2015 when war broke out in Yemen, her home country. Her family urged her to stay, so she applied for asylum. “For me, it’s a new life,” she said. “This is what I really want. Most of us, we just came for a safe place, a place we can really do something that we can’t do in our countries—maybe because of the war, maybe because of society, maybe because we don’t have freedoms. I never felt freedom and I never knew what independence meant until I came to this country. As a woman in Yemen, we can’t do anything. Independence is for the men.”

Five Diamond Bison Ranch. Wolf Pointe, MT, 2009. From Lauren Grabelle's "Surveilling the West."

Standing Apart

Fall 2014 | Photography

In keeping with the theme of our fall issue—Breaking Through—VQR is featuring the work of five promising photographers in an expanded portfolio, all selected from LOOKbetween 2014, an intensive three-day event produced by the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph.