Louie Palu on War and Photography

Louie Palu began working in Afghanistan in 2006 and was awarded The Alexia Professional Grant in 2010 for Kandahar, a project examines the cultural, historical and contemporary significance of Kandahar and its people within the region and the current Afghan state. Since that time, he has exhibited the work he did in Afghanistan widely, was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and has produced two major works on the conflict in Afghanistan, the documentary film “Kandahar Journals” in 2015, and “Front Towards Enemy,” a just published deconstructed photo book that conveys the chaos of war and the ways media influences our perception of armed conflicts.

In this new Q&A with Palu, we explore the meaning and purpose of his work, as well as the advice he has for others who would like to follow in his steps. Continue reading

Interview with Riel Sturchio: On Cerebral Palsy, Identity, Shame, and Stigma within Non-normative Bodies

This past April, Riel Sturchio was awarded a Student Award of Excellence Grant for Chasing Light, a collaborative photographic project with her twin sister about their experiences with cerebral palsy. identity, shame, and stigma within non-normative bodies.

In this new interview with Sturchio, we learn how this collaboration adds to the photographic project, and the ways in which they are using their work to foster discussion around the issues the project examines. Continue reading

Interview With David Denil: On the Psychological State of Ukraine

David Denil was awarded one of four Alexia Student Award of Excellence Grants this past April for “Let Us Not Fall Asleep While Walking,” which depicts the psychological state of Ukraine, haunted by its past and memory as it looks to the future. His images are metaphorical representations of everyday life where time seems frozen but dreams and hope linger.

In this new interview with Denil, we talk about what this work means, where it came from and what he plans to do with it next. Continue reading

Alexia’s Jim Dooley Speaks With Multimedia Week

Recently, Alexia Executive Administrator Jim Dooley spoke with D.J. Clark of The University of Bolton in Beijing on the podcast Multimedia Week about the foundation and our upcoming grants.

In the podcast, Dooley speaks about some of the tremendous work The Alexia Foundation has had the opportunity to support and explains in-depth the requirements for applications. He discusses the kind of work we look to support, the way we balance our goal of supporting photojournalism with new forms of storytelling, and how to apply. Continue reading

UPDATE: Nathaniel Brunt Speaks About #shaheed

This past April, Nathaniel Brunt was awarded the first place Student Grant for his project #shaheed. The work is a study of war in the Kashmir Valley, the young local men fighting in it, and the changing relationship between communication technologies, visual representations of conflict, and image-making at this time.

In this new interview with Brunt, we speak with him about the roots of the conflict and his plans for the project.

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