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

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

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

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

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

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

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