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

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.
Photo by Mary F. Calvert

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

“When the Spirit Moves” Wins World Press Photo First Prize

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Justin Maxon, with fellow cinematographer and director Jared Moossy, have been awarded first prize in the Long Form category of the 2017 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest for “When the Spirit Moves,” his long-term project on gun violence in Chester, Pa., a small American city.

Maxon won The Alexia 2012 professional grant for “When the Spirit Moves.” He was also the recipient of The Alexia 2008 student runner-up grant. Continue reading

Nathaniel Brunt’s #shaheed at Toronto’s CONTACT Gallery

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With an opening reception tonight, Feb. 9, Nathaniel Brunt’s #shaheed will be on display in a solo exhibition at the Scotiabank CONTACT gallery in Torono, Canada until Mar. 25. #shaheed is a study of the war in Kashmir, the men fighting in it, and the changing relationship between technology and the representation of conflict.

Nathaniel Brunt was The Alexia 2016 student winner for #shaheed. His Alexia grant helped support this important work. Continue reading

Addressing Today’s Most Compelling Issues

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Over the course of the past 6 months, powerful photography by our grant winners has traveled the world, stirring audiences in the U.S., China, India, New Zealand and Australia. Today, even more important plans are in motion.

Will you help us address today’s most compelling issues and prepare tomorrow’s photojournalists for the challenges of the future? Continue reading

Alexia’s Jim Dooley Speaks With Multimedia Week

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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