About Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength — not our weakness. Through grants and scholarships, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change.

AE Winner Kelly Creedon on her MediaStorm Workshop

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In the latest installment of blog posts on the educational opportunities our student grant winners receive, we want to focus on the MediaStorm One-Day Master Class. For Kelly Creedon, a 2015 Award of Excellence Winner, the Master Class was a time to explore the theory and methodology of MediaStorm’s unique documentary style and approach.

“For me, I think the most valuable lessons from the workshop were the behind-the-scenes insights into the process of making some of the MediaStorm pieces,” said Creedon. “While I had already seen many of the final products, it was so enlightening to understand the many challenges and hard choices that went into forming the polished pieces.” Continue reading

Will You Be a Part of Photography That Drives Change?

Students from School #18 perform a show at the local theater in Sergiyev Posad, Russia, 15 Dec 2016. The show promotes the cadet school at School #18. Sarah Blesener/Alexia Foundation

In a time when there are fewer and fewer resources available, The Alexia Foundation has remained unwavering in its support of the most important photography. For many photojournalists, grants like The Alexia are a lifeline. “Without them, no work would be possible,” remarked one photographer.

You are our lifeline. We rely on your financial support to make our grants possible. Will you help us keep them going? Will you be a part of photography that drives change? Donate to The Alexia Foundation today. Continue reading

Camillo Pasquarelli Wins Px3 & MIFA Awards

The imam leads the prayer on the road as a sign of protest against the indian occupation. Camillo Pasquarelli/Alexia Foundation

Camillo Pasquarelli has been awarded a Silver in the General News category of the non-professional division of the Prix de la Photographic Paris and a Second Place prize in the Editorial category of the Amateur division in the Moscow International Foto Awards. Both prizes were given in recognition of The endless winter of Kashmir, which depicts the struggle of the Kashmiri people trapped in an endless winter of suffering waiting for the spring of azadi, freedom. Continue reading

National Geographic Publishes Elkaim’s Alexia Project

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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

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

Stephanie Sinclair Receives 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award

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In a special ceremony this past Thursday, The International Women’s Media Foundation awarded the 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award to Stephanie Sinclair, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the recipient of The Alexia 2008 professional grant. The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award celebrates women photographers whose work demonstrates bravery, dedication and skill.

Sinclair received her Alexia grant for The Bride Price which looked at child marriage in India. We are thrilled to see her tireless work on this subject get the important recognition it deserves and proud to have been able to support its development. Continue reading

Columbia Journalism Review Discovers Nuance and Poetry in Toy Soldiers

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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

Alexia’s James Dooley on Radio New Zealand

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Alexia Foundation Executive Administrator James Dooley was featured on this past weekend’s Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning program, along with journalist, critic and scholar Alison Stieven-Taylor. They were on the show to discuss photojournalism in the smartphone age. Both were in New Zealand as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

We are grateful to Radio New Zealand for giving us the opportunity to discuss how important photojournalism is and thankful to our executive administrator for doing it so eloquently. Listen to the full interview in the post. Continue reading

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

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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

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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