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

“The Price of Vanity” in National Geographic Magazine

Paolo Marchetti’s 2015 Alexia Professional Grant Project on cruelty in the worldwide skin market is featured in the September issue of National Geographic Magazine accompanying an article entitled, “Why Fur Is Back in Fashion.” Marchetti wants his images to raise questions and reignite the debate about the use of animal skins and materials in fashion. Continue reading

UPDATE: Aaron Vincent Elkaim Talks of Progress and Purpose

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

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

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

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

Matt Black’s “Geography of Poverty” featured in MSNBC

Matt Black’s photos from the second part of MSNBC’s Geography of Poverty depict the correlation between poverty, environmental pollution, and illness. In the article “Cancer Alley: Big Industry, Big Problems,” Black’s black and white images are bold and haunting as they depict the tolls of systemic racism and the effects of proximity to toxic dangers such as petrochemical processing plants.
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5 Questions for Alexia Professional Winner Paolo Marchetti

Paolo Marchetti, the 2015 Alexia Foundation Professional Winner, is featured in an interview on his project documenting the cost of global factory farms used by the high fashion industry. Continue reading

Dinara Sagatova Documents the Lasting Effects of Soviet Weapons Testing

Dinara Sagatova received a student award of excellence in 2008 for her project, “Nuclear Warfare: Lasting Effects of Soviet Weapons Testing.” During the Cold War, Stalin ordered that the Semipalatinsk region in eastern Kazakhstan become a test site for the … Continue reading

Kettleman City: Life in a Toxic Environment by Justin Maxon

Justin Maxon is one of only two photographers to have received an Alexia Foundation grant twice, once as a student, the second time, last year, as a professional. For his student project, Justin documented life in Kettleman City, California, a … Continue reading