Alixandra Fazzina

Alixandra Fazzina

Alixandra Fazzina (UK, 1974) focuses with her photography on under-reported conflicts and the often forgotten humanitarian consequences of war. Alixandra has an uncanny ability to work in the most difficult social and geographical environments and is recognized for her compassionate and empathetic approach towards the human condition, always fully aware of the bigger picture. Her photographs cut to the core but are never imposing. Distinctly quiet, yet descriptive.

Studying Fine Art, she began her career as a war artist in Bosnia. Since then, she has worked independently as a photojournalist throughout Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Her reportages have been widely published in the British and international press and her photographs exhibited worldwide. Alixandra worked over a period of two years to chronicle the exodus of migrants and refugees from Somalia to the Arabian Peninsula. The resulting book “A Million Shillings: Escape from Somalia” was published by Trolley (2010) and re-launched in Arabic (2011). “A Million Shillings” was shortlisted for the Pictures of the Year International Best Photography Book of the Year Award. A selection of the works has been shortlisted for the Prix Pictet global award in photography and sustainability. In 2008 she was the recipient of the Vic Odden Award from the British Royal Photographic Society. For her work in Somalia, Alixandra was a finalist in the CARE Award for Humanitarian Reportage and the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. In 2010 Alixandra was recognized as the winner of the highly prestigious UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for her striking coverage of the devastating human consequences of war and because of her fearless and tireless dedication to humanitarian photography throughout her career. Having spent the past six years documenting the effects of conflict of displacement in Afghanistan and Pakistan, her long-term project The Flowers of Afghanistan, documents the stories of Afghan children seeking refuge in Europe. The photographic investigation looks into the causes and effects of the increasing number of Afghan minors making the hazardous overland journey to apply for asylum in EU member states. Alixandra is currently based in London, where she also teaches and gives lectures.


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  • Afghanistan, maternal mortality
  • Running From The Taliban
  • The Khan's Boys
  • A Million Shillings- Escape from Somalia
  • A Million Shillings- Escape from Somalia
  • A Million Shillings- Escape from Somalia
  • A Million Shillings- Escape from Somalia
  • Khyber Pakhtunwa Floods
  • Paghistanis
  • Dir, vulnerable women
  • Bajaur, IDPs

za’atari: new lives

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Unsure of when they will be able to return as the conflict continues, the…

maternal mortality

Alixandra Fazzina - August 2008

Afghanistan is the worst place in the world for a woman to give birth.…

pakistan at war: bajaur (2008- 2014)

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To the east of Afghanistan’s volatile Kunar Valley, Bajaur was the setting for Pakistan’s…

pakistan at war: running from the taliban

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At the beginning of summer 2009, operations in Pakistan by security forces to root…

pakistan at war: swat (2009-2010)

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After months of conflict in Swat that saw more than two million people displaced…

pakistan at war: dir (2009-2011)

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A precursor to the war in Swat, the battle for neighbouring Dir is a…

60minutes talks to alixandra fazzina about young afghan refugees

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In an interview with 60 Minutes’ presenter Anderson Cooper, Alixandra Fazzina talks about her…

in company

Alixandra Fazzina - March 2012

Pegging up his black holdall onto the wall, Farshad ducks down next to a…

over mountains, underground

Alixandra Fazzina - February 2012

Rubbish clutters the entrance to a narrow backstreet in Istanbul’s downtown Kumkapi district. Derelict…

the mafia hotel

Alixandra Fazzina - October - November 2011

Wearing an over-sized salwar kameez and a prayer cap, the agent flicks back his…

first sea

Alixandra Fazzina - October - November 2011

Shielding his eyes from the smoke, sixteen year old Ellum stirs a pot full…

what others don’t want

Alixandra Fazzina - 2008-2011

At the very city limits of Lahore, where entry taxes are collected in tollbooths…