Sarah Blesener: Lumix Festival Exhibitor and International Photographer of the Year

2017 Alexia Professional Winner Sarah Blesener has been selected to be one of 60 exhibitors at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists. Taking place from June 20-June 24th in Hanover, Germany, the festival attests to the power of photojournalism in our image-oriented world.

She has been selected the International Photographer of the Year, for “Beckon Us From Home.” She received a $2500 cash prize in recognition for her outstanding work. International Photographer of the Year is dedicated to creating new opportunities to showcase the best photographic work and introduce leading talents to the world of contemporary photography. Continue reading

Mike Davis Inspires and Instructs at FOTOfusion

Syracuse Alexia Chair Mike Davis was recently one of the masters presenting at the 23rd Annual FOTOfusion International Festival of Photography and Digital Imaging, a five-day gathering of world class photographers and industry leaders at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. The festival took place Jan. 23-27.

Davis delivered a seminar entitled “How to Elevate Your Image Making” which helped participants understand a higher level of thinking about why one makes images and learn how to apply photography’s tools in more purposeful ways. He also moderated the panel “How to Get Grants and Funding Your Own Projects” whose goal was to help unravel the mystery of the photographic grant. In each presentation, Davis was able to take time to explain the work of The Alexia Foundation.

We are grateful for this opportunity to extend the outreach of The Alexia Foundation. If you didn’t have the chance to connect with Davis at FOTOfusion, there are more opportunities coming up. Davis will be reviewing work at the NPPA’s Northern Short Course, which takes place Mar. 1-3 in Fairfax, VA, and he will be a reviewer at 2018 New York Portfolio Review April 21 and 22. Be sure to say hello! Continue reading

The Alexia Student Grants: Nathaniel Brunt on his Syracuse Semester

Perhaps the most important opportunity the First Place Student Grant offers is tuition for a semester at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Not only does this portion of the prize recall Alexia Tsairis, but it is also equivalent to a semester-long fellowship or residency at Syracuse. It is a time to take classes in areas of interest, work on projects and further develop skills with the support of a world-class faculty. The semester does not need to be a part of a degree seeking sequence.

“The experience of being at Syracuse University has allowed me to connect with an amazing range of professors, editors, and photographers. This has opened up opportunities and allowed me to expand my professional academic and photographic network,” said 2016 Alexia Student Winner Nathaniel Brunt, reflecting on what his Alexia funded semester meant for him.

“I am also profoundly thankful for the opportunity to work under the guidance of Mike Davis, which has been a formative experience for me as both a visual storyteller and educator,” added Brunt.

The deadline for The Alexia 2018 Student Grants is Mar. 1. We encourage all photography students to understand and apply for this incredible experience today. Continue reading

Sarah Blesener’s “Beckon Us From Home” at Anastasia Photo

The Alexia Foundation is pleased to share the news that Sarah Blesener’s 2017 Alexia Professional Grant project, “Beckon Us From Home,” will be on display at New York City’s Anastasia Gallery Feb. 20-April 1. The Artist’s Reception is Feb. 27.

We are proud to have been able to support this work and we look forward to seeing reach the prestigious platform of Anastasia Photo. We hope you will find time this spring to see the work in person. Continue reading

Sarah Blesener Sweeps the Publishing World This Weekend

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

Alexia Winners at Eddie Adams Part 2: Sarah Blesener

“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

Alexia Winners at Eddie Adams Part 1: Monica Jorge

“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

Come See The Alexia Foundation at Photoville!

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

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