Louie Palu on War and Photography

Louie Palu began working in Afghanistan in 2006 and was awarded The Alexia Professional Grant in 2010 for Kandahar, a project examines the cultural, historical and contemporary significance of Kandahar and its people within the region and the current Afghan state. Since that time, he has exhibited the work he did in Afghanistan widely, was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and has produced two major works on the conflict in Afghanistan, the documentary film “Kandahar Journals” in 2015, and “Front Towards Enemy,” a just published deconstructed photo book that conveys the chaos of war and the ways media influences our perception of armed conflicts.

In this new Q&A with Palu, we explore the meaning and purpose of his work, as well as the advice he has for others who would like to follow in his steps. Continue reading

Interview With David Denil: On the Psychological State of Ukraine

David Denil was awarded one of four Alexia Student Award of Excellence Grants this past April for “Let Us Not Fall Asleep While Walking,” which depicts the psychological state of Ukraine, haunted by its past and memory as it looks to the future. His images are metaphorical representations of everyday life where time seems frozen but dreams and hope linger.

In this new interview with Denil, we talk about what this work means, where it came from and what he plans to do with it next. Continue reading

Camillo Pasquarelli Wins Px3 & MIFA Awards

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

Nathaniel Brunt’s #shaheed at Toronto’s CONTACT Gallery

With an opening reception tonight, Feb. 9, Nathaniel Brunt’s #shaheed will be on display in a solo exhibition at the Scotiabank CONTACT gallery in Torono, Canada until Mar. 25. #shaheed is a study of the war in Kashmir, the men fighting in it, and the changing relationship between technology and the representation of conflict.

Nathaniel Brunt was The Alexia 2016 student winner for #shaheed. His Alexia grant helped support this important work. Continue reading

UPDATE: Nathaniel Brunt Speaks About #shaheed

This past April, Nathaniel Brunt was awarded the first place Student Grant for his project #shaheed. The work is a study of war in the Kashmir Valley, the young local men fighting in it, and the changing relationship between communication technologies, visual representations of conflict, and image-making at this time.

In this new interview with Brunt, we speak with him about the roots of the conflict and his plans for the project.

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Running for Cover: Politics, Justice and Media in the Syrian Conflict

The first ever conference of its kind, Running for Cover: Politics, Justice and Media in the Syrian Conflict, will be held on October 6 at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

The focus of this daylong event will be accountability in the Syrian conflict. Policy makers and media leaders will analyze the international community’s response to the Syrian conflict as well as discuss the challenges in reporting the war, developing political solutions and seeking justice for victims. Award-winning photography and 360° video from the region will be shown.

All events are free. The public is invited to attend.
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This is What a Photograph Can Do

Damien Roussat visited the U.N. Headquarters in New York as a young man in 2006 when The Alexia Foundation had its exhibition Eyes on the World on display. Last month, Roussat reached out to us. One of the photographs there had shaken his worldview and changed the course of his life. This is the power of the photograph. This is why we believe in and support photography that drives change. Continue reading

“Gold, Guns and Germs: The Effects of Conflict in the DR Congo” by Roger LeMoyne

Roger LeMoyne’s 2004 professional project, “Gold, Guns and Germs: The Effects of Conflict in the DR Congo” looks at the impact of conflict on the civilian population of the region. Particularly, the work focuses on the children who have been … Continue reading

“Afghanistan – Between War And Peace” by Balazs Gardi

In 2006 Balazs Gardi was awarded the Alexia Professional Grant for his work “Afghanistan – Between War And Peace.” The project documented Afghanistan, a nation shattered by wars, droughts and earthquakes, looking for signs of stability amid an uneasy peace. … Continue reading