Alixandra Fazzina

Alixandra Fazzina

Alixandra Fazzina (UK) 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.

In addition to her photography and writing, Alixandra has worked as researcher and producer for broadcast media and is regular contributor for radio. 

Alixandra regularly teaches masterclasses and workshops around the world for organisations that have included World Press Photo, Reporters Without Borders and The Royal Photographic Society. She lectures in art, photography and media at photography and literature festivals and at on under and post graduate programmes at universities.


Alixandra is currently based in London.


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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

a million shillings

Alixandra Fazzina - April - December 2008

Across the Horn of Africa, war, abuse and poverty make millions miserable and drive…

the paper mill, part two

Alixandra Fazzina - September 2010 - August 2011

A year has passed since waters from the five rivers that run through Pakistan’s…

pakistan’s climate refugees – consequences

Alixandra Fazzina - December 2010 - July 2011

A year on from Pakistan's worst ever deluge, hundreds of thousands of people remain…


Alixandra Fazzina - May 2011

The siege of a compound by US Special Forces and the subsequent reported killing…

super highway one, karachi

Alixandra Fazzina - April - May 2011

Nine months on from the floods that devastated much of Pakistan in July 2010,…

when the sky swallowed the earth

Alixandra Fazzina - February 2011

Heading into the Upper Swat Valley, the roads around the former tourist haven of…

sustainable forestry in eastern congo – solutions

Alixandra Fazzina - November 2010

Democratic Republic of Congo, November 2010. Deforestation produces about one fifth of global greenhouse gas…

interviewed by unhcr – multimedia

Alixandra Fazzina - October 2010

In 2010 Alixandra Fazzina was recognized as the winner of the highly prestigious UNHCR…

the paper mill

Alixandra Fazzina - August 2010

Fields of deep water surround the dark, imposing frame of Charsadda’s former paper mill.…

floods in pakistan – multimedia

Alixandra Fazzina - August 2010

The devastating floods all over Pakistan are affecting an average of twenty million people.…

flooding in pakistan

Alixandra Fazzina - August 2010

Floods in Northern Pakistan As a result of the worst floods in nearly a century,…

we pray they do not come back – multimedia

Alixandra Fazzina - June 2010

A segment from "We pray that They do not come back"- a series of…