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.

Md Shahnewaz Khan’s “Fallen Stars” Wins Andrei Stenin Awards

Md Shahnewaz Khan’s “Fallen Stars” was honored in the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. The contest is open for photographers aged 18 to 33. It aims to promote young photographers and support them in their strive for professional perfection. Khan was awarded a 3rd place prize in the Portrait. Hero of Our Time category and was also recognized with a Special prize from Al Mayadeen TV.

“Fallen Stars” explores the issue of child labor in Bangladesh where, Khan tells us, child labor is a visible part of everyday life. Employers often prefer to employ children because they are cheaper and considered to be more compliant and obedient than adults. They are also exposed to situations that make them vulnerable to trafficking, abuse, violence and exploitation. Continue reading

The Alexia Foundation at Double Exposure Festival

The Alexia Foundation is proud to be an official partner of the 2017 Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival. Founded by 100 Reporters, the festival screens combines investigative film screenings for the public with a professional symposium for journalists and visual storytellers. 

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Alexia’s Camillo Pasquarelli at Indian Photography Festival in Hyderabad

From Sept. 21-Oct. 8, The endless winter of Kashmir by Camillo Pasquarelli will be on display as part of the Indian Photography Festival in the MPCC of the State Art Museum in Hyderabad, India. It is being exhibited on behalf of the Alexia Foundation. The Indian Photography Festival creates a platform for professional and aspiring photographers, while also addressing social issues through the medium of photography.

The Indian Photography Festival will be an opportunity for a large audience to see Pasquarelli’s important work and think deeply on the conflict in Kashmir. The Alexia Foundation is proud to be a cultural partner of the festival and glad that Pasquarelli’s photographs will be included in the event. Continue reading

Interview with Monica Jorge: On Documenting Alzheimer’s and Dementia Within Her Family

This past April, Monica Jorge was awarded the Alexia First Place Student Grant for My Grandfather’s Keeper which intimately documents the sacrifices of senior spouses unprepared for care taking. By focusing on the experience of her own grandmother, Jorge provides an account of how a wife became a nurse and the difficulties that lie in this new life.

In this new interview with Jorge, we discuss what this project means, how she is accomplishing it, and what impact she hopes it will have. Continue reading

Alexia Celebrates 10th Year at Pingyao International Photography Festival

For the 10th consecutive year, Alexia Foundation Executive Administrator James Dooley will be presenting the works of Alexia Grant Recipients at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ancient walled city of Pingyao, China. He will be exhibiting the projects of The Alexia 2017 winners Sarah Blesener and Monica Jorge.

“Showing the Alexia student and professional winners each year gives the winners and the Alexia Foundation an opportunity to expose a large audience to the power and the importance of serious documentary photography,” explains Dooley. Continue reading

Kelly Creedon’s “In This World” Premieres Online – as Vimeo Staff Pick and Reel South Film

“In This World,” a short documentary film by Kelly Creedon made its online debut on Monday. It launched as part of Reel South, a PBS program that features acclaimed documentary films about the American South, and as a Vimeo Staff Pick, a select group of videos that the streaming service’s staff “really, really love.” The film had already been screened at twenty major film festivals throughout the U.S., has won a number of major awards, and was named Worth Watching #156 by MediaStorm’s Eric Maierson this week.

“In This World,” tells the story of Courvosier “Vosiey” Cox, a precocious 15-year-old boy. He is determined to make it in show business as a way to leave behind his poverty and take care of his family. Creedon received an Alexia Award of Excellence Grant in 2015 in support of this work.

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Reminder: The Alexia Foundation Relies on You

The Alexia Foundation is a publicly funded non-profit organization. We are able to do what we do because people like you believe that photo stories on the world’s most pressing issues need to be told and make tax-deductible donations to support our mission.

Will you be a part of our summer fundraising campaign? Can you join us in supporting photography that drives change by making a donation today? Continue reading

Leaders of the Pack: A Film on Katie Orlinsky and the Iditarod

The short film “Leaders of the Pack” tells the story of both photographer and Alexia winner Katie Orlinsky and Kristin Knight Pace, a dog musher who participates in the 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The film had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, and was a 2017 Webby honoree and a recent Vimeo staff pick.

The film focuses on Orlinsky’s outlook on and path in photography. She talks about her first camera, and the unifying themes of her work. We learn about her photographic philosophy and what she hopes her work will accomplish. Continue reading

The Long Night, Now Available on Itunes

The Long Night, an urgent, heart-breaking investigation into the young lives changed forever by under-age prostitution and exploitation, is now available to buy or rent on Itunes. Produced by filmmaker and photographer Tim Matsui and film production and interactive design studio MediaStorm, the film was made possible by The Alexia 2012 Women’s Initiative Grant. Continue reading