Alexia Foundation Photographer Updates

Ken Burns: On Story from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo.

Here, at the Alexia Foundation, we regard our grantees as family. We love hearing about their successes, and we love being able to share them with the public. We will be regularly publishing announcements of their accomplishments here on our blog. This will also allow those reading the blog to make plans to see some great work.

Tom Mason (2001) is a partner in a documentary film production company called Redglass Pictures. They created the short documentary about Ken Burns, above, for The Atlantic. For the New York Times, they made a short documentary about a New York couple who mysteriously receive hundreds of letters addressed to Santa Claus, and they have also created a series called Sub City, which is a mediation on the moment of emergence from both the NYC and Paris subway systems.

Mackenzie Reiss (2011), in conjunction with Terrance Smith, a fellow Syracuse graduate, has published a book about Albanian refugees living in Kosovo. She spent 4 months in Kosovo, living with locals and documenting the daily lives of the refugees at Jetimorija – which is Albanian for orphanage. The book, titled “Inside These Walls,” focuses on the stories of three refugees and how they have struggled to survive for more than a decade after the Kosovo War of 1999.

Matt Lutton (2007) has been awarded the Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund Grant for his work, “Only Unity”: Serbia in the Aftermath of Yogoslavia.

Ami Vitale (2000, 2011)’s documentary – Bangladesh Climate Trap, is an “Official Selection” of the 2012 Cincinnati Film Festival, Sept 6-15. It was also screened at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the La Femme International Film Festival in LA. She won the Hope for a Healthy World competition for her multimedia story on maternal health in Sierra Leone and took 2nd in the Photocrati fund award. She is a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant and the Lucie Award this year and awaiting the results.

As well, Ami Vitale’s photos are featured in the Design for a Living World is at the Coral Gables Museum from July 26–October 25, 2012. There will be a closing celebration and live auction event October 25th, 2012.

Andres Gonzalez (2004) has recently gotten his book, some (w) here :: a photo book, funded via Kickstarter.

Brian Finke, from his new book, Construction.

And, wrapping up, Brian Finke (1998)’s third book, Construction, will be released in September. The book documents the building boom at the end of the aught’s in Manhattan. The book launch will be at ClampArt in New York, Sept. 6 from 6-8pm.

If you are a former Alexia Foundation photographer, please do share your exhibitions, publications, projects and any other announcements you might have. You can send announcements to eileen @

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