Alec Jacobson

Photographer, Writer
    
Culture Saves Lives: Behind the Scenes of Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week
Location: South Vancouver, Vancouver
Nationality: American
Biography: Alec Jacobson is a photographer and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, who likes to dive deep into slow-moving stories.  Drawing on his studies in Anthropology, French and Arabic at Amherst College, he prefers to be the only... read on
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Culture Saves Lives: Behind the Scenes of Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week
Credits: alec jacobson
Date of Work: 10/01/19 - Ongoing
Updated: 12/16/19
Location: Vancouver
Joleen Mitton grew up in Vancouver's Downtown East Side, surrounded by poverty, addiction and other signs of the trauma accumulated by generations of indigenous people in a colonized land.  When she was 15, she was scouted as a model and escaped, spending the next decade working around the world.  When she came home, she set about trying to repair the fabric of her community by working with indigenous youth in the foster care system.  Joleen hoped to create new, intergenerational bonds to pass on traditional knowledge.  But after seeing many of the children she worked with stumble into homelessness and drugs after graduating from foster care, she realized that she needed to raise the bar.  So, she started Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week to provide inspiration, empowerment and employment opportunities for her the children she was mentoring.  

VIFW 2019 took place November 18-23.  This project is ongoing and I am actively seeking a place to publish it.
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Portraits of Protest

By Alec Jacobson / Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — Thousands of Canadians have demonstrated in solidarity with US protests against the kind of police violence..
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Waiting for the Tsunami: COVID-19 in Vancouver

By Alec Jacobson / Vancouver — The uncanniness of spring weather and the growing flood of COVID-19 in Vancouver, BC.
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A Musical Offing for Early Music Vancouver

By Alec Jacobson / Vancouver, BC — When Vancouver started to shut down at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I watched a lot of work on my..
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The End of Frenzy: Overfishing in Lake Victoria

By Alec Jacobson / Kasensero, Uganda — This project is funded by two grants from the National Geographic Society.  Update coming soon!  ..
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Peleadores: Fighting for Redemption at Mexico's Boxing Mecca

By Alec Jacobson / Mexico City — Romanza Gym is a boxing Mecca in Mexico City where Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho”..
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Farm to Foodbank for Colorado State University

By Alec Jacobson / grand junction — At the Colorado State University Extension research farm in Orchard Mesa, Colorado, the crops used to go..
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Ranchlands

By Alec Jacobson / Colorado — Duke Phillips III and his family are on a mission to preserve their ranching heritage and conserve western..
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The Mountains Are Melting

By Alec Jacobson / Kilembe, Uganda — “It used to be cold and it rained a little every day and the mosquitos could not sustain,”..
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Global Health

By Alec Jacobson — In 2012 and 2013, I produced a series of books for Danbury Hospital to document the places where they hoped..
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National Geographic: Fishermen fight to survive on the world's second largest lake

By Alec Jacobson / Kasensero, Uganda — Lake Victoria supports hundreds of thousands of people, but overuse caused fish populations to collapse...
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I Gathered With The Rainbows And They Gave Me Pancakes

By Alec Jacobson / Norwood, Colorado — If you want to be precise, the kitchen at the Rainbow Gathering was actually serving “shanty..
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Acorn to Cask for The Macallan

By Alec Jacobson / Jerez, Spain — I toured cask makers and sherry bodegas in Jerez, Spain, and The Macallan's home in Craigellachie,..
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National Geographic Travler: Peruvian Palate

By Alec Jacobson / Cusco, Peru — Written and shot for National Geographic Traveler Magazine April/May 2019 With support from the National..
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Chasing Spirits in Old Mexico

By Alec Jacobson / Oaxaca — Published with National Geographic, Roads & Kingdoms, Explore Parts Unknown, Slate. “They say that..
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Playboy Magazine: In The Shadow of The Mountain

By Alec Jacobson / Telluride, CO — Though mountain resort towns, like Telluride where I live, are the spectacularly beautiful sites of..
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