Come See The Alexia Foundation at Photoville!

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The Alexia Foundation is thrilled to announce that, thanks to the generosity of our partner, PhotoWings, we will be presenting works by the recipients of The Alexia 2017 grants and discussing our grants and their history at Photoville, New York’s premiere photo festival. The festival takes place Sept. 13-Sept. 24. Our presentations will take place on Friday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. Continue reading

Alexia Recipient Camillo Pasquarelli on his Kalish Workshop

Camillo Pasquarelli collaborates with his team members at the 2017 Kalish Workshop at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Each year, student recipients are given the opportunity to attend one of three given workshops in addition to their $500 cash grant. Over the summer, Camillo Pasquarelli, one of the recipients of The Alexia 2017 Award of Excellence grant, used his prize to attend The Kalish Workshop.

For Pasquarelli, The Kalish allowed him to understand what working in a newsroom is like, taught him how to better interact with his photo editors, showed him the power of working together to push the boundaries of storytelling and introduced him to new colleagues with whom he is excited to work. Continue reading

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

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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

Alexia’s Camillo Pasquarelli at Indian Photography Festival in Hyderabad

A group of boys swims in the Dal Lake, the only safe and free area during the curfew. Camillo Pasquarelli/Alexia Foundation

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

January 29, 2017 - Newington, Connecticut:  My grandmother, Maria, waits for my grandfather to stand up from a chair in the center of their cramped bathroom and exit the bathroom on his own during a morning routine on January 29, 2017.  My grandmother insists that he do as much as he physically can.  Certain days he is able to do most on his own but during recent months he has had medical issues which have made it much harder and required more physical assistance from Maria.

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

Attendees of the 2016 Pingyao International Photography Festival examine Mary F. Calvert's Alexia supported photography on homelessness among women veterans in the U.S.

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

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

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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

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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