Patriotism permeates our politics, our culture, our everyday life. As do accusations of unpatriotic behavior. “Of course, the word patriot tends to just be code for someone who shares our beliefs. And Americans are incredibly patriotic people. But where a sense of pride, and love, of your country, your beliefs, your community – turns into a sense of superiority, to aggression – this is nationalism.”
This is part one in a three part series, in which 2017 Alexia Professional Winner Sarah Blesener reflects on her grant project, “Beckon Us From Home.” The work is an examination of the growth of patriotism and nationalism amongst youth in the U.S. Continue reading →
2017 Alexia Professional Winner Sarah Blesener has been selected to be one of 60 exhibitors at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists. Taking place from June 20-June 24th in Hanover, Germany, the festival attests to the power of photojournalism in our image-oriented world.
She has been selected the International Photographer of the Year, for “Beckon Us From Home.” She received a $2500 cash prize in recognition for her outstanding work. International Photographer of the Year is dedicated to creating new opportunities to showcase the best photographic work and introduce leading talents to the world of contemporary photography. Continue reading →
The Alexia Foundation is pleased to share the news that Sarah Blesener’s 2017 Alexia Professional Grant project, “Beckon Us From Home,” will be on display at New York City’s Anastasia Gallery Feb. 20-April 1. The Artist’s Reception is Feb. 27.
We are proud to have been able to support this work and we look forward to seeing reach the prestigious platform of Anastasia Photo. We hope you will find time this spring to see the work in person. Continue reading →
This past April, Riel Sturchio was awarded a Student Award of Excellence Grant for Chasing Light, a collaborative photographic project with her twin sister about their experiences with cerebral palsy. identity, shame, and stigma within non-normative bodies.
In this new interview with Sturchio, we learn how this collaboration adds to the photographic project, and the ways in which they are using their work to foster discussion around the issues the project examines. Continue reading →
“In This World,” a short documentary film by Kelly Creedon made its online debut on Monday. It launched as part of Reel South, a PBS program that features acclaimed documentary films about the American South, and as a Vimeo Staff Pick, a select group of videos that the streaming service’s staff “really, really love.” The film had already been screened at twenty major film festivals throughout the U.S., has won a number of major awards, and was named Worth Watching #156 by MediaStorm’s Eric Maierson this week.
“In This World,” tells the story of Courvosier “Vosiey” Cox, a precocious 15-year-old boy. He is determined to make it in show business as a way to leave behind his poverty and take care of his family. Creedon received an Alexia Award of Excellence Grant in 2015 in support of this work.
Today, Columbia Journalism Review published an article entitled “Photographer who captured youth patriotism in Russia turns lens to Trump’s America,” which discusses Toy Soldiers, from Sarah Blesener, winner of the The Alexia 2017 grant.
The article looks at how Blesener has approached the topic of patriotism in first Russia and, now, in the U.S. Blesener explains why and how she was able to go beyond basic imagery of guns to find the moments that reveal identity. Continue reading →
Images taken in Russia from Sarah Blesener’s 2017 winning Alexia project Toy Soldiers were featured today by The Guardian. “Over 200,000 youth are enrolled in cadet clubs that offer a potent mix of patriotism and play fighting. Photographer Sarah Blesener captured the camaraderie among the students in her series,” The Guardian tells us.
According to Blesener, it was early reception to her published work from Russia that compelled her to turn her lens on the U.S.
“There’s nothing crazy that’s happening there that’s not happening here. It’s the same kind of dialogue… If we do it here, it’s just called patriotism. If they do it in Russia, it’s called nationalism,” Blesener explained in her recent PhotoWings interview. Continue reading →
Each year, winners of The Alexia student award of excellence grant are given $1500 to be used on an educational experience from a number of choices. 2016 student AE winner José Marquéz used his funding to attend The Momenta Project Los Angeles 2017, a five-day workshop where each attendee documents the mission of a local non-profit.
With the guidance of Momenta, José beautifully told the story of Under The Bridges and On The Streets, a non-profit serving the homeless in the Los Angeles County.
“I’m beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the Momenta Workshop. It was an incredible learning experience that pushed me to be the best I could physically and creatively be in a short period of time,” said José about the experience. Continue reading →
Latin America: Stories That Drive Change is promising to be an inspiring and dynamic event. Taking place April 8 & 9 at the University of Miami School of Communication, the seminar will feature talks by the best in their fields, break-out sessions to go in-depth on areas of interest and project reviews to refine grant applications. Plus, we’ll are hosting a special reception on Saturday, April 8 where we will announce the winners of The Alexia 2017 grants.
Currently, the price to attend Latin America: Stories That Drive Change is $95. That price is only valid until this Saturday, March 25 at midnight. Register now to lock in this price. After Friday, the cost for the seminar will rise to $110. Continue reading →
Mike Davis is a legend and a genius. He is responsible for some of the most important photo editing of our time and has led some of the most important photography teams journalism has ever assembled.
Mike currently holds the Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He teaches advanced storytelling classes, runs the Alexia Foundation Grants competition and creates special initiatives while continuing to work with photographers the world over as a picture editor.
For Latin America: Stories That Drive Change, Mike will be explaining what grants are available and how to successfully apply for them based on his extensive experience administering The Alexia grants, as a jury member for a variety of grants and as a photo editor, who has guided numerous photographers to success. In his break-out session, he will be discussing how to select and sequence images for maximum impact, achieving the third effect that results from the successful interplay of two images. Continue reading →
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