Alice Wheeler grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where she was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” to leave home at age 17. For the next three years she traveled throughout the American West and became a part of the Hollywood Punk rock music scene. She eventually made her way up the coast to the Pacific Northwest where she studied art and photography at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
For over 20 years Alice has worked as a professional photographer, shooting assignments for magazines including Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Spin, and No Depression. She is best known for her images of Nirvana, Grunge, and Riot Grrrl.
Her work has also appeared on many album covers and in books including “Taking Aim - Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs” curated by Graham Nash. Her photos have been exhibited at galleries and museums around the U.S. including the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Art Houston, George Eastman House, and the Experience Music Project.
Alice uses a traditional photographic process of color 35mm film and shots with an all-manual Nikon with a wide-angle lens, scanning the negatives and printing them digitally. She is especially interested in photographing “people who exhibit an affirming flaw, the underdogs of society.”