The controversial Belo Monte mega dam has been in planning for over three decades. After being halted by indigenous protests and international outcry in the late 80’s it was redesigned and pushed through with construction beginning in 2012 amidst renewed protest.
Today the dam is mostly complete blocking the unique environment of a part of the Xingu known as the Big Bend. Numerous indigenous tribes and riverine communities in the region have been impacted and one third of the city of Altamira has been permanently flooded by the nearby Belo Monte Dam displacing over 20,000 people.
In this latest post, we are sharing the stories and knowledge Aaron Vincent Elkaim recounted in his recent Alexia Foundation Instagram take over. Continue reading →
Matt Black’s photos from the second part of MSNBC’s Geography of Poverty depict the correlation between poverty, environmental pollution, and illness. In the article “Cancer Alley: Big Industry, Big Problems,” Black’s black and white images are bold and haunting as they depict the tolls of systemic racism and the effects of proximity to toxic dangers such as petrochemical processing plants. Continue reading →
Several Alexia grantees were awarded top prizes in the 2015 Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) photography competition. Ismail Ferdous and Rahul Talukder received Gold prizes in the General News category and Paolo Marchetti won Gold and Silver prizes for projects in the Nature/Environmental Press category. Continue reading →
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