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 →
This past April, Riel Sturchio was awarded a Student Award of Excellence Grant for Chasing Light, a collaborative photographic project with her twin sister about their experiences with cerebral palsy. identity, shame, and stigma within non-normative bodies.
In this new interview with Sturchio, we learn how this collaboration adds to the photographic project, and the ways in which they are using their work to foster discussion around the issues the project examines. Continue reading →
Md Shahnewaz Khan’s “Fallen Stars” was honored in the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. The contest is open for photographers aged 18 to 33. It aims to promote young photographers and support them in their strive for professional perfection. Khan was awarded a 3rd place prize in the Portrait. Hero of Our Time category and was also recognized with a Special prize from Al Mayadeen TV.
“Fallen Stars” explores the issue of child labor in Bangladesh where, Khan tells us, child labor is a visible part of everyday life. Employers often prefer to employ children because they are cheaper and considered to be more compliant and obedient than adults. They are also exposed to situations that make them vulnerable to trafficking, abuse, violence and exploitation. 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 →
“In This World,” a short documentary film by Kelly Creedon made its online debut on Monday. It launched as part of Reel South, a PBS program that features acclaimed documentary films about the American South, and as a Vimeo Staff Pick, a select group of videos that the streaming service’s staff “really, really love.” The film had already been screened at twenty major film festivals throughout the U.S., has won a number of major awards, and was named Worth Watching #156 by MediaStorm’s Eric Maierson this week.
“In This World,” tells the story of Courvosier “Vosiey” Cox, a precocious 15-year-old boy. He is determined to make it in show business as a way to leave behind his poverty and take care of his family. Creedon received an Alexia Award of Excellence Grant in 2015 in support of this work.
The Long Night, an urgent, heart-breaking investigation into the young lives changed forever by under-age prostitution and exploitation, is now available to buy or rent on Itunes. Produced by filmmaker and photographer Tim Matsui and film production and interactive design studio MediaStorm, the film was made possible by The Alexia 2012 Women’s Initiative Grant. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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