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

Aaron Vincent Elkaim: Update from the Amazon

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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

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

The Alexia at the Indian Photo Festival in Hyderabad

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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

The Alexia Foundation at China’s Pingyao International Photography Festival

James Dooley gives a gallery talk to a packed crowd at the 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival.

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

UPDATE: Aaron Vincent Elkaim Talks of Progress and Purpose

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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

The Other Side of Brazil: Alexia Photographers Bear Witness

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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

A Recap: The Alexia Foundation at LOOK3

Visitors to 'Alexia at 25' at The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph take in works from Mary F. Calvert's 'Missing in Action: Homeless Women Veterans.' Photo by Mickey Osterreicher

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

‘Alexia at 25′ Exhibit at LOOK3 Open June 13-19

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There are only a handful of days remaining before the opening of Alexia at 25 at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. Make plans to join us in Charlottesville, Va. June 13-19. Continue reading

Exhibition: Alexia at 25 at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph

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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