The controversial Belo Monte mega dam has been in planning for over three decades. After being halted by indigenous protests and international outcry in the late 80’s it was redesigned and pushed through with construction beginning in 2012 amidst renewed protest.
Today the dam is mostly complete blocking the unique environment of a part of the Xingu known as the Big Bend. Numerous indigenous tribes and riverine communities in the region have been impacted and one third of the city of Altamira has been permanently flooded by the nearby Belo Monte Dam displacing over 20,000 people.
In this latest post, we are sharing the stories and knowledge Aaron Vincent Elkaim recounted in his recent Alexia Foundation Instagram take over. Continue reading →
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 →
The Alexia Foundation will be exhibiting Where The River Runs Through, by 2016 Professional Winner Aaron Vincent Elkaim at the Indian Photo Festival in Hyderabad, India from Sept. 29-Oct. 9. The work will be on display at the State Art Gallery – MPCC, Madhapur.
The project documents and strives to understand the consequences of the Belo Monte Dam Complex, Brazil’s major hydroelectric expansion on the ecosystems, communities and industries within the Amazon Rainforest. Continue reading →
For the 9th consecutive year, The Alexia Foundation will be exhibiting at the Pingyao International Photography Festival, in Pingyao, China. Taking place Sept. 19-25 in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ancient Walled City of Pingyao, it is one of the largest photographic festivals in the world. It is an important opportunity for the foundation to share the work it supports with a tremendous audience. Continue reading →
In April, Aaron Vincent Elkaim was in the last days of a two month trip working on the long-term project, Where The River Runs Through, when he learned that he had been awarded the $20,000 Alexia Professional Grant. He had thought that he was on his final trip, but the Alexia Grant would allow him to continue to show the world the severe impact Brazil’s major hydroelectric expansion in the Amazon has on the ecosystem and the people who live there.
In a new interview, Elkaim talks about what is next for Where The River Runs Through, what effect he intends his project to have and how The Alexia Foundation is helping him accomplish it. Continue reading →
While the attention of the world is focused on the spectacle of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, The Alexia Foundation is witness to a very different reality in Brazil. Over the past three years, two of our professional grant recipients have received their funding based on work done in Brazil. Take a moment to explore some of the work of Aaron Vincent Elkaim and Sebastian Liste. Continue reading →
June 13-19, The Alexia Foundation took part in the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, one of the world’s premiere celebrations of the medium. It was a tremendous chance to extend the reach of the work of our grant recipients, help education young photographers and connect to those interested in the issues and photojournalism about which we are so passionate. Continue reading →
Honoring The Alexia Foundation’s 25 year legacy of supporting documentary photojournalism worldwide and celebrating the years to come, The Alexia Foundation will be presenting the exhibition “Alexia at 25″ at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph from June 12-June 19 in Charlottesville, Va. Continue reading →
The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Alexia Grants. The winner of the $20,000 Professional Grant is Aaron Vincent Elkaim of Toronto, Canada. The winner of the First Place Student Grant is Nathaniel Brunt of Toronto, Canada. Continue reading →
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