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

Rahul Talukder Alexia Instagram Take Over With “Collapse of Rana Plaza”

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All this past week, Rahul Talukder has been sharing images from his powerful, ongoing project, “Collapse of Rana Plaza.” Talukder received the 2015 Alexia Student First Runner-Up Grant to work on this project.

Ralukder’s work follows those impacted by the tragedy of the Rana Plaza collapse to help the world understand that the repercussions from one of the world’s worst ever industrial accidents are ongoing. He shows us those still mourning lost family members, those for whom the mental scars still resonate, and those for whom severe injuries still make a normal life impossible three years later.

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Md Shahnewaz’s ‘Fallen Stars’ featured in The Quiet American

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Md Shahnewaz Khan’s photo essay “Fallen Stars” which captures the plight of child labor in Bangladesh was published in The Quiet American. In 2015, Shahnewaz won an Alexia Award of Excellence for his project “Fallen Stars.” Continue reading

10 Alexia Grantee Photographers You Should Follow on Instagram

A village nestled in the eastern part of Guinea Bissau. The climate is hot and humid but by the end of the dry season, little water will be found above ground. The children take advantage of the rains to enjoy a day of swimming. Ami Vitale/Alexia Foundation

Alexia Foundation photographers are some of the most prolific visual storytellers on the planet, tackling a wide range of issues in their photographic projects. All of the following photographers can be followed on Instagram, by clicking the link next to … Continue reading

8 Questions for Rahul Talukder, Alexia Student Grantee

View of the collapsed Rana Plaza building from a nearby rooftop, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Rahul Talukder.

Rahul Talukder is the Alexia 2015 Student Runner-up for his project Collapse of Rana Plaza, a documentation of the survivors and dependents of those who died in the 2013 tragedy in Bangladesh. Two years after the second largest industrial man-made disaster in the world, Talukder believes it is important to “document how this disaster lives on through the life of the survivors and the families who lost their source of income.” Continue reading

Two Years Later: Alexia Grantees Continue Documentation of Rana Plaza Disaster

Relatives mourn as they found the body of their missing son on the seventeenth day of the Rana Plaza building collapse, in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 10 May 2013. Photo: Abir Abdullah/Alexia Foundation

Two years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Alexia grantees Abir Abdullah (2013 Professional Winner), Rahul Talukder (2015 Student Runner-up), and Ismail Ferdous (2012 Student Award of Excellence) have continued to document the tragedy and the aftermath among the survivors and their families. Continue reading

Shahria Sharmin’s Work Selected for Moving Walls 23 Exhibition

Nayan (24), a garment worker. In day time, she works in a factory,which is perceived as a legitimate earning to her family. But at night she goes back to her community. Photo: Shahria Sharmin

Alexia 2014 grantee Shahria Sharmin’s work “Call Me Heena” will be showcased in the next group exhibition, Moving Walls 23, of the Open Society Documentary Photography Project. The show will be opening at the Open Society Foundations in New York in October 2015. Continue reading

Shehab Uddin Shows Life of Pavement Dwellers in South Asian Megacities

Asa Rani Laskor combs her hair in the evening with her husband, Laxmi Kanto Laskor, and daughter, Pinki. As the family collects garbage for a living, they shower and freshen up every evening. Raja Rammohan Sarani, Kolkata, India. 2011. Shedab Uddin/Alexia Foundation

“Thousands of people sleep, stay and spend the day on the sidewalks and pavements of Dhaka and Kolkata. Initially arriving as migrants lured to the capital by the promise of better opportunities, they engage in a variety of activities to … Continue reading

Farzana Hossen on Survivors of Acid Attacks

Roushon, 32, got married at the age of 13 in Birampur. In 2002, after eight years of marriage, her husband poured acid on her while she was sleeping next to her son because she opposed his second marriage. She lost an ear completely and half of her face and body has been burned. She now lives with her son in her mother’s home and now studying along with her son. Farzana Hossen

“There are scores of new acid attack and burn victims arriving every day at the hospital,” Farzana Hossen tells us in her proposal. “In addition to disfigurement of the face and body, some have permanent loss of eyesight; some will … Continue reading

Rana Plaza Collapse: One Year Later

Rebeca (20) and her husband Mustafiz. Rebeca had underwent 8 operations in her two legs following the building collapse at the Rana Plaza in Savar in Dhaka, Bangladesh 30 June 2013. The collapse was the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry occurring on 24 April 2013, when Rana Plaza, a complex with five garment factories collapsed. Abir Abdullah/Alexia Foundation

One year ago today, the Rana Plaza building which housed 5 garment factories, collapsed due to substandard construction. 1,134 people were killed. 2,500 were pulled from the rubble, many of whom were seriously injured and left disabled. I had to … Continue reading