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

The Alexia Foundation at Double Exposure Festival

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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

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

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

AE Winner Kelly Creedon on her MediaStorm Workshop

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In the latest installment of blog posts on the educational opportunities our student grant winners receive, we want to focus on the MediaStorm One-Day Master Class. For Kelly Creedon, a 2015 Award of Excellence Winner, the Master Class was a time to explore the theory and methodology of MediaStorm’s unique documentary style and approach.

“For me, I think the most valuable lessons from the workshop were the behind-the-scenes insights into the process of making some of the MediaStorm pieces,” said Creedon. “While I had already seen many of the final products, it was so enlightening to understand the many challenges and hard choices that went into forming the polished pieces.” Continue reading

Camillo Pasquarelli Wins Px3 & MIFA Awards

The imam leads the prayer on the road as a sign of protest against the indian occupation. Camillo Pasquarelli/Alexia Foundation

Camillo Pasquarelli has been awarded a Silver in the General News category of the non-professional division of the Prix de la Photographic Paris and a Second Place prize in the Editorial category of the Amateur division in the Moscow International Foto Awards. Both prizes were given in recognition of The endless winter of Kashmir, which depicts the struggle of the Kashmiri people trapped in an endless winter of suffering waiting for the spring of azadi, freedom. Continue reading

National Geographic Publishes Elkaim’s Alexia Project

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Aaron Vincent Elkaim was The Alexia 2016 professional recipient for Where The River Runs Through, a project that documents the consequences of Brazil’s major hydroelectric expansion in the Amazon Rainforest. That work has now been published as part of a major article by National Geographic.

“The idea is to show myth and imagination that exists within it,” Elkaim explains to the magazine. By making these people and this place visible to the wider world, Elkaim helps us all understand what will be lost when this complex is finished. Continue reading