The Alexia Foundation at China’s Pingyao International Photography Festival

James Dooley gives a gallery talk to a packed crowd at the 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival.

James Dooley gives a gallery talk to a packed crowd at the 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival.

For the 9th consecutive year, The Alexia Foundation will be exhibiting at the Pingyao International Photography Festival, in Pingyao, China. Taking place Sept. 19-25 in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ancient Walled City of Pingyao, it is one of the largest photographic festivals in the world. Annually, more than 100,000 people attend.

This exhibition is an important opportunity for the foundation to share the work it supports with a tremendous audience. It will be shown in the main exhibition area, called the Diesel Factory, a series of abandoned factory buildings in the center of Pingyao village.

Alexia Executive Administrator Jim Dooley, will be showing 2016 Alexia Professional Winner Aaron Vincent Elkaim’s Where The River Runs Through which documents the impact Brazil’s major hydroelectric expansion in the Amazon will have on the ecosystem and the people who live there. Dooley will also be showing 2014 Women’s Initiative Winner Mary F. Calvert’s Missing in Action: Homeless Women Veterans.

“Each year the Alexia images and stories are very well received,” says Dooley. “The Chinese people, both young and old, spend a great deal of time looking at each image and reading the text and captions which are printed in both Chinese and English.”

Dooley will be giving a talk in the exhibition space about purpose and history of The Alexia Foundation, and will discuss the projects and images on display. As well, Dooley will be giving a two-hour lecture on “The Importance of Documentary Photography” to the Chinese Press Photographers Association meeting in Pingyao. The time and date of both events will be posted shortly.

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