The Long Night, Now Available on Itunes

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The Long Night, an urgent, heart-breaking investigation into the young lives changed forever by under-age prostitution and exploitation, is now available to buy or rent on Itunes. Produced by filmmaker and photographer Tim Matsui and film production and interactive design studio MediaStorm, the film was made possible by The Alexia 2012 Women’s Initiative Grant. Continue reading

Alexia in New Zealand: Lectures, Discussions, Radio Shows, Exhibitions & More

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Last week, Alexia Foundation Executive Administrator James Dooley was a key participant in the the Auckland Festival of Photography, a city-wide contemporary art and cultural event which takes place in Auckland’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites during June annually. It is the largest festival of photography in New Zealand.

“My goal was to show the importance and depth of serious documentary work that needs to be done, needs to be shown and exposed, and these projects and many, many others were done with the support of The Alexia Foundation,” explained Dooley on the Auckland Festival was something he thought The Alexia Foundation should participate in. Continue reading

The Alexia Foundation at the Auckland Festival of Photography

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For the second consecutive year, The Alexia Foundation will be taking part in the Auckland Festival of Photography. The festival, which runs from June 1-June 24, is a citywide contemporary art and cultural event which takes place within Auckland, New Zealand’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites. Its purpose is to further the presence and awareness of photography.

At the festival, Alexia Executive Administrator James Dooley will be discussing The Alexia Foundation’s work, reviewing portfolios, and participating in a panel discussion on culture and identity in photography. Continue reading

Pushing Boundaries and Transcending Borders

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After a screening of The Long Night, The Blue Stocking Institute, a small collective that focuses on raising awareness about gender inequality and gender based violence, was so moved that they raised money to support The Alexia Foundation.

“We wish the Alexia Foundation all the best in the future and hope that you can continue to support artists such as Tim, and cinematic work that pushes boundaries and transcends borders,” they wrote us.

On this Giving Tuesday, we hope that if you too have been moved by one of our projects, you will give generously to The Alexia Foundation, a 501c3 organization. With your support, we can continue to make possible stories like The Long Night that drive change. Continue reading

The Long Night’s Natalie Fighting Backpage.com on ABC’s Nightline

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The Long Night’s Natalie has shared her experience of being a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking with ABC News’s Nightline in a special report entitled Daughters for Sale: How Young American Girls are Being Sold Online. The report reveals how the website Backpage.com is used to sell underage girls for sex. Continue reading

The Crescendoing Impact of The Long Night

Photographer/Director Tim Matsui screens his film The Long Night at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch and moderates a panel discussion afterwards. Photographed by: Mark Berndt

Since the completion of his Women’s Initiative Project, “The Long Night,” Tim Matsui has worked tirelessly to get his film and other visual assets he collected regarding commercial sex exploitation in front of audiences and, particularly, before stakeholders and change makers so that his work can have the largest impact possible. Continue reading

Photography: Agent for Change – A Phenomenal Success!

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The Alexia Foundation produced the first workshop seminar of its kind, “Photography: Agent for Change,” graciously hosted by the International Center of Photography in New York on November 6, 2015. Over 140 participants flew in from as far as Brazil, Cameroon, Australia and all across the United States to see the lineup of speakers. Continue reading

Deadline Extended and New Speakers: Stephanie Sinclair and Christina Piaia

Family members and guests dance before the wedding of three young girls Radha, 15, Gora, 13, and Rajni, 5, to their young grooms Aleen, Giniaj, and Kaushal. The three couples - three sisters married to three brothers - were married on the Hindu holy day of Akshaya Tritiya, called Akha Teej in North India. The auspicious day is said to bring good luck to couples married then and is widely known in Rajasthan as the day most child marriages occur. Despite legislation forbidding child marriage in India (Child Marriage Restraint Act-1929) and the much more progressive Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (2006) and many initiatives to prevent child marriage, marrying children off at a very tender age continues to be accepted by large sections of society. Stephanie Sinclair/Alexia Foundation

Due to overwhelming interest, we have extended the deadline to apply for the Alexia “Photography: Agent for Change” workshop. Applications will now be accepted until Monday, October 12 at midnight Eastern U.S. time. We are also thrilled to announce the … Continue reading

Apply for the Photography: Agent for Change Workshop

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The Alexia Foundation is proud to offer a one-day seminar entitled “Photography: Agent For Change,” for photographers to learn to use photography to effect change. The workshop will be held at the International Center of Photography in New York City on November 6, 2015. Continue reading

Help Support The Alexia Foundation’s Next Big Initiative

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This fall, the Alexia Foundation is starting an important new initiative to further the ability of photojournalists to help bring important issues to the forefront. We want everyone creating important, moving work on today’s most important social issues to be able to best use their photography to drive change. Continue reading