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

“Toy Soldiers” in The Guardian & Sarah Blesener on Context

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

AE Recipient José Marquéz on his Momenta Workshop

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