“The Alexia Professional Grant has enabled me to commit to a topic and project wholeheartedly, allowing me to dig deep into the stories I am discovering. As an emerging photographer, the Alexia Professional Grant has empowered me not only financially, but also with the support of a network of individuals offering community, critique and support,” says Sarah Blesener, recipient of The Alexia 2017 Professional Grant.
Our $20,000 Professional Grant is a lifeline for serious documentary photographers. It gives our grantees the time and space to profoundly examine a topic and reveal both the essence and the breadth of today’s most pressing issues. Grants like The Alexia are not luxuries: they are necessities that allow for the telling of the stories that help us understand world and push us to make it better. Will you join us in making these grants possible? Continue reading →
The Alexia Foundation is excited to formally announce that we will begin accepting entries for The Alexia 2018 Grants on Jan. 7, 2018. The Alexia Foundation awards grants to student and professional visual journalists to help them produce projects that inspire change by addressing topics that are socially significant.
“If you’re producing work that makes a difference, that reveals the little known, that touches lives in a way that elevates our perceptions and understanding, then you are the perfect applicant for an Alexia Grant,” says Syracuse University Alexia Chair and Grant Administrator, Mike Davis. “All the more so if your efforts embolden others to bring about change for the better.” Continue reading →
Alexia 2017 Professional Winner and 2016 Student Winner Sarah Blesener is having an incredible weekend. Extensive work from her both of her Alexia projects is being published in print and online this weekend in National Geographic, California Sunday and The New York Times.
The Alexia Foundation could not be prouder to support her important work. We are thrilled to see all of these chapters widely published, reaching millions across nation, and bringing important conversations about youth, patriotism and nationalism to the fore. Be sure to pick up your copies of this outstanding work tomorrow. Continue reading →
This holiday season, we are offering a curated selection of stunning prints from Alexia grant recipients past and present.
In purchasing a print from this collection, you will receive a beautiful work of art from today’s photographic luminaries, while also making possible tomorrow’s most important photojournalism. These works are important additions to any serious collection of photography, and make spectacular gifts. Continue reading →
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 →
“I couldn’t believe the talent I was surrounded by. The diversity of work and individuals left me speechless. I wanted to sit and look at everyone’s work for hours, which is what happened most evenings until 4 in the morning.”
In Part 2 of our series on Alexia winners at the Eddie Adams Workshop this year, Sarah Blesener discusses her experience at one of photojournalism’s most important annual workshops. Continue reading →
“The Eddie Adams Workshop was more than two weeks ago and I am still trying to properly articulate my experience on the farm. It is exciting, inspiring, confusing, exhausting, liberating, and at times felt like an out of body experience…”
For the first time every, both The Alexia Professional and Student Winners attended the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop. In the first of two posts, we highlight what Monica Jorge and Sarah Blesener learned and the work they produced over the course of a very special four days. Continue reading →
This Thursday, Oct. 19, MediaStorm will be premiering their latest feature length documentary, The Distance Between Us, in an exclusive screening in Brooklyn, N.Y. The film tells the story of photographer Christopher Capozziello and his twin brother, Nick, who has cerebral palsy.
While the event is free, you must have a ticket to enter. There are only a few seats remaining, so if you would like to attend, RSVP now. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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