This fall, the Alexia Foundation is starting an important new initiative to further the ability of photojournalists to help bring important issues to the forefront.
The Alexia Foundation is creating the first of many one-day workshops entitled, Photography: Agent for Change. With a variety of world-renowned experts, including grantees Ami Vitale and Tim Matsui, National Geographic’s Whitney Johnson, Getty Images’ Aidan Sullivan, ICP’s Fred Ritchin and many others, will help attendees understand how to make the greatest possible impact with their work. This day of immersive learning will empower many more photographers and stir even more vital social change.
Picture credit: From Alexia 2015 Student Winner Michael Santiago’s project “Stolen Land, Stolen Future” on African-American farmers. Ms. Shirley’s brother “Peewee” has also farmed all his life. He comes up to help and usually spends a couple of weeks helping out. Michael Santiago/Alexia Foundation
Recognizing 24 exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future, the Foundation today named the 2015 MacArthur Fellows. Fellows will each receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000, allowing recipients maximum freedom to follow their own creative visions.
“These 24 delightfully diverse MacArthur Fellows are shedding light and making progress on critical issues, pushing the boundaries of their fields, and improving our world in imaginative, unexpected ways,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. “Their work, their commitment, and their creativity inspire us all.”
Included in the class of 2015 is photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier who also received the ICP Infinity Award last year in the publication category.
LaToya Ruby Frazier’s body of work “The Notion of Family” examines the impact of the steel industry and health care system on the community of Braddock. She uses portraits of her mother, grandmother and herself as symbols for each economic period in the decline of the industry.
Congratulations to all of the winners! View the full list OF WINNERS here.
Hungry Horse: Legends of the Everyday,is a film series and photography project created by internationally acclaimed photographer Pieter ten Hoopen in collaboration with MediaStorm. In the films, Pieter touches on the struggles of poverty, drug use, loneliness and loss. But he more accurately captures the spirit of renewal, peace and serenity in the lives of the people he documents through stunning landscapes and intimate oral histories.
Japan’s Disposable Workers examines the country’s employment crisis: from suicide caused by overworking, to temporary workers forced by economics to live in internet cafes, and the elderly who wander a town in search of shelter and food.