About Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength — not our weakness. Through grants and scholarships, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change.

AE Recipient José Marquéz on his Momenta Workshop

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Each year, winners of The Alexia student award of excellence grant are given $1500 to be used on an educational experience from a number of choices. 2016 student AE winner José Marquéz used his funding to attend The Momenta Project Los Angeles 2017, a five-day workshop where each attendee documents the mission of a local non-profit.

With the guidance of Momenta, José beautifully told the story of Under The Bridges and On The Streets, a non-profit serving the homeless in the Los Angeles County.

“I’m beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the Momenta Workshop. It was an incredible learning experience that pushed me to be the best I could physically and creatively be in a short period of time,” said José about the experience. Continue reading

The Alexia Foundation at the Auckland Festival of Photography

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For the second consecutive year, The Alexia Foundation will be taking part in the Auckland Festival of Photography. The festival, which runs from June 1-June 24, is a citywide contemporary art and cultural event which takes place within Auckland, New Zealand’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites. Its purpose is to further the presence and awareness of photography.

At the festival, Alexia Executive Administrator James Dooley will be discussing The Alexia Foundation’s work, reviewing portfolios, and participating in a panel discussion on culture and identity in photography. Continue reading

Mike Davis at the New York Portfolio Review and More

New York Times Portfolio review weekend. Pamela Chen of Instagram, reviews the work of Andrea Wise, an independent picture editor and visual story teller based in New Jersey. Photo by Mike Davis

Mike Davis, Syracuse University’s Alexia Tsairis Chair of Documentary Photography, was one of the 75 most influential editors, curators, gallerists and book publishers who gathered in New York City last weekend to provide private photo critiques to emerging photographers in the Fifth Annual New York Portfolio Review. The review was sponsored by The New York Times Lens Blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. Continue reading

On Honesty and Integrity: Statement on the Removal of Souvid Datta’s Work From Our Website

The Alexia Foundation has long been a leader in helping photographers pursue their passion to develop serious documentary photographic projects. We have proudly funded student and professional photographers for more than 27 years.

One of those students was Souvid Datta who received a student Award of Excellence Grant in 2013. The grant was $500 in cash and up to $1,500 to attend an educational workshop. Through a series of recent developments Mr. Datta has admitted that he manipulated many photographic images and that he stole images from other photographers and incorporated them into his own.

The founders and the board of directors of the Alexia Foundation have removed Mr. Datta’s images from the foundation’s website and they will not be reposted. Continue reading

PhotoWings Speaks With Sarah Blesener on Toy Soldiers

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PhotoWings, a nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the power of photography to further deep thinking, communication, and action, was our esteemed partner in our recent seminar Latin America: Stories That Drive Change. In addition to providing financial support for the seminar, they also made sure that the event and members of the Alexia community who attended were documented.

The first videos they released from the event are from their extensive interview with Sarah Blesener, The Alexia 2017 professional winner. In the video we are sharing today, Blesener speaks with PhotoWings about how Toy Soldiers came to be and what she hopes the work conveys. Continue reading

Mary F. Calvert Named 2017 Guggenheim Fellow

US Army Pfc. Natasha Schuette, 21, was sexually assaulted by her drill sergeant during basic training and subsequently suffered harassment  by other drill sergeants after reporting the assault at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. While Staff Sgt. Louis Corral is serving just four years in prison for assaulting her and four other female trainees, Natasha suffers daily from PTSD because of the attack. She is now stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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Mary F. Calvert has been named a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow for her longterm project, “The Battle Within: Sexual Assault in America’s Military.” The purpose of the fellowship is to provide Fellows with blocks of time to work with as much creative freedom as possible. Calvert has received a 12-month fellowship, which she will use to work on “Prisoners of War: Male-on-male Sexual Assault in America’s Military,” the current and fourth chapter of “The Battle Within.” Continue reading

Sarah Blesener Wins $30,000 CatchLight Fellowship

Students from School #18 perform a show at the local theater in Sergiyev Posad, Russia, 15 Dec 2016. The show promotes the cadet school at School #18. Sarah Blesener/Alexia Foundation

Sarah Blesener is one of three recipients of the inaugural $30,000 CatchLight Fellowship for Toy Soldiers, the same project for which she was just awarded The Alexia 2017 grant. The work explores rising nationalism among youth in the U.S. and Russia. Continue reading

Announcing the Recipients of The Alexia 2017 Grants

Students train in firearms at the Historical-War Camp, in Borodino, Russia. 24 July 2016. Borodino is famous for a battle fought on 7 Sep 1812 - the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars. 350 adolescents are in attendance, ranging in ages from 11 to 16. They are using air-soft guns for the practice and competition. The camp teaches information about the basic kinds of weapons, bases and firing rules,  sniper rifles, and different type of weapons. Sarah Blesener/Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of The Alexia 2017 grant competition. The recipient of The Alexia $20,000 professional grant is Sarah Blesener of New York for Toy Soldiers, which documents rising nationalism among youth in the U.S.

The recipient of The Alexia student grant is Monica Jorge of The International Center of Photography for My Grandfather’s Keeper, which documents the sacrifices of senior spouses unprepared for caretaking. The student award of excellence recipients are Camillo Pasquarelli, David Denil, Riel Sturchio and Joy Yi. Continue reading

Our Stories That Drive Change Seminar is This Weekend: Here’s What You Need to Know

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Our first ever seminar of its kind, Latin America: Stories That Drive Change takes place this weekend, April 8 & 9 at the University of Miami School of Communication. The seminar will celebrate the work of Latin American photographers, while bringing in a diverse body of speakers who will help and inspire all visual journalists to make work that brings change.

For those attending, we have some important details to share with you.
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Aaron Vincent Elkaim: Update from the Amazon

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The controversial Belo Monte mega dam has been in planning for over three decades. After being halted by indigenous protests and international outcry in the late 80’s it was redesigned and pushed through with construction beginning in 2012 amidst renewed protest.

Today the dam is mostly complete blocking the unique environment of a part of the Xingu known as the Big Bend. Numerous indigenous tribes and riverine communities in the region have been impacted and one third of the city of Altamira has been permanently flooded by the nearby Belo Monte Dam displacing over 20,000 people.

In this latest post, we are sharing the stories and knowledge Aaron Vincent Elkaim recounted in his recent Alexia Foundation Instagram take over. Continue reading