National Geographic Publishes Elkaim’s Alexia Project

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

Santiago’s “Stolen Lives, Stolen Future” in NYTimes, Scientific American and Instagram

Michael Santiago’s 2015 First Place Student Winning Stolen Lives, Stolen Future has been featured by both The New York Times and Scientific American. The project documents the experience of Black farmers in the U.S. His work tells of the pride of but also the decline of the African-American farmer, much of which was driven first by unjust traditions, such as sharecropping, and later by racially discriminatory loan practices, particularly by the USDA.

Santiago is taking over the Alexia Instagram feed this week with images from the project. Continue reading

Matt Eich Launches Monograph, Takes Over Instagram

“This place is a microcosm of a story that plays out around our country and around the world. History repeats itself. Our collective memory favors the convenience of amnesia over acknowledging the damage that we continue to inflict upon ourselves. Photography is the antidote. This collection of images is my love song to Ohio.” -Matt Eich

Eight years ago, Matt Eich won the First Place Alexia Student Grant for “Carry Me Ohio.” Today, that project, which he worked on over the course of 10 years, is available as a monograph from Sturm & Drang books. Continue reading

UPDATE: Interview with Sarah Blesener on Documenting Adolescence and Belonging

In April of 2016, Sarah Blesener was awarded an Alexia Award of Excellence Grant for Chavi. The work focuses on a surrogate family of fourteen-year old friends living in the projects in the southern Bronx. It explores issues of boyhood, adolescence, and belonging.

In this new interview, we speak with Blesener about working with these young men, what their futures hold and what winning an Alexia Grant meant to her. 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

Kelly Creedon Wins POYi 2nd Place, Documentary Journalism

2015 Alexia Student Award of Excellence Winner Kelly Creedon has won the 2nd Place award for Documentary Journalism in the 73rd annual Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition for her film “In This World.” The film was made possible with the support of The Alexia Foundation.
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Sebastian Liste Wins World Press Photo, Daily Life, Third Prize Stories

Liste has been recognized for his story “Citizen Journalism in Brazil’s Favelas.” It is part of his work on his 2014 Alexia Foundation Professional Grant project, “The New Culture of Violence in Latin America.” 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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Md Shahnewaz’s ‘Fallen Stars’ featured in The Quiet American

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