Alexia 2017 Professional Winner and 2016 Student Winner Sarah Blesener is having an incredible weekend. Extensive work from her both of her Alexia projects is being published in print and online this weekend in National Geographic, California Sunday and The New York Times.
The Alexia Foundation could not be prouder to support her important work. We are thrilled to see all of these chapters widely published, reaching millions across nation, and bringing important conversations about youth, patriotism and nationalism to the fore. Be sure to pick up your copies of this outstanding work tomorrow. Continue reading →
“I couldn’t believe the talent I was surrounded by. The diversity of work and individuals left me speechless. I wanted to sit and look at everyone’s work for hours, which is what happened most evenings until 4 in the morning.”
In Part 2 of our series on Alexia winners at the Eddie Adams Workshop this year, Sarah Blesener discusses her experience at one of photojournalism’s most important annual workshops. Continue reading →
The Alexia Foundation is thrilled to announce that, thanks to the generosity of our partner, PhotoWings, we will be presenting works by the recipients of The Alexia 2017 grants and discussing our grants and their history at Photoville, New York’s premiere photo festival. The festival takes place Sept. 13-Sept. 24. Our presentations will take place on Friday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. Continue reading →
Sarah Blesener, recipient of The Alexia 2017 professional grant, is highlighted by Canon in their Portfolio of One series. It appears in the latest issues of PDN Magazine and Emerging Photographer Magazine. Continue reading →
For the 10th consecutive year, Alexia Foundation Executive Administrator James Dooley will be presenting the works of Alexia Grant Recipients at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ancient walled city of Pingyao, China. He will be exhibiting the projects of The Alexia 2017 winners Sarah Blesener and Monica Jorge.
“Showing the Alexia student and professional winners each year gives the winners and the Alexia Foundation an opportunity to expose a large audience to the power and the importance of serious documentary photography,” explains Dooley. 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 →
PhotoWings, a nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the power of photography to further deep thinking, communication, and action, was our esteemed partner in our recent seminar Latin America: Stories That Drive Change. In addition to providing financial support for the seminar, they also made sure that the event and members of the Alexia community who attended were documented.
The first videos they released from the event are from their extensive interview with Sarah Blesener, The Alexia 2017 professional winner. In the video we are sharing today, Blesener speaks with PhotoWings about how Toy Soldiers came to be and what she hopes the work conveys. Continue reading →
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