I am a co-founder of the Kyoudai Press, with which I have published Lost Things, 333 Saints, and East or West.  I hold a BA in studio art and East Asian studies from Stanford University and an MS in journalism from Columbia University.  Notably, photographs from 333 Saints were part of the landmark exhibition “West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song” at the British Library (2015). Among other honors, I have received a Fulbright Research Grant, and my prints have been acquired by the US Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, and the British Library.


My photographic work is available for publication, appropriate licensing, exhibition, and purchase as books and fine art prints through Blind Cat Valentine LLC.  Among other projects, Blind Cat Valentine produces the Kyoudai Press publication series.

Learn more about purchasing fine art photographic prints on the Kyoudai Press website.

Alexandra’s books are available through the Kyoudai Press and through Photo-Eye.


Selected Achievements:



(2003-2004)  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, MS 5/2004

     classes in journalism, photography, video and audio editing, and web design

(2001-2003)  International Center of Photography, Part-time courses

(1996-2001)  Stanford University, BA with distinction 4/2001

     double-major in Studio Art and East Asian Studies




British Library, London, United Kingdom

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington DC

Michigan State University, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, East Lansing, MI

New York University, New York, NY

National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Eliot Elisofon Photo Archives, Washington DC

United States Embassy, Bamako, Mali


British Library, Brooklyn Museum, Harvard University, Hutchins Center Library, Michigan State University, New York University Bobst Library, University of Capetown Oppenheimer Library, University of Pennsylvania


Publications as Author


Vertigo, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC, hand-bound, limited-edition artist book (11/2016)

East or West: A Walking Journey Along Shikoku’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC (9/2014)

333 SAINTS: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu / L’esprit Du Savoir à Tombouctou (English/ French), The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC (9/2013)

Searching for Lost Time: Night Photographs from Timbuktu, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC (9/2013)


Amor Fati, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC, with poetry by Robert Huddleston (12/2014)

Lost Things, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC, with poetry by Robert Huddleston (12/2012)


Selected Residencies, Grants and Awards


(04/ 2017)  Cill Rialaig Retreat residency, Ireland

(05/2016)  How to Flatten a Mountain residency, Cow House Studios, Ireland

(09-10/2008)  Guest Artist, Michigan State University, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, MI

(03/2008)  UCROSS Foundation residency, Clearmont, WY

(11/2007)  Vermont Studio Center residency, NEA fellowship, Johnson, VT


(10/2008)  Exhibition Grant, US Embassy, Bamako, Mali

(2006-2007)  Fulbright Student Islamic Civilizations Grant for research in Timbuktu, Mali

(06/2000)  URO Humanities and Creative Arts Major Grant, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

(12/1998)  Stanford University Overseas Studies Research Grant, Kyoto, Japan


(08/2016)  Finalist, 2016 Critical Mass photography competition

(06/2001)  The Daniel M. & Mildred H. Mendelowitz Memorial Scholarship, Stanford, CA

(05/2001)  Elected Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford Chapter, CA

(06/1995)  Faculty Prize for outstanding scholarship during the senior year, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA


Selected Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS OF The Scholarship of Islam: Timbuktu, Mali:

(02-03/2010)  Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM

(12/2008)  French Cultural Center, Bamako, Mali

(10/2008)  Multimedia Conservatory of the Arts at Balla Fasseké Kouyaté, Bamako, Mali

(10/2008)  National Forum on Koranic Education at the Bamako International Conference Center, Mali

(09-10/2008)  RCAH LookOut! Gallery, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


(07-09/2017)  Disappearing World, Edition One Gallery, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(10-11/2016)  Transitions, ASMP and Edition One Gallery, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(07/2016)  How to Flatten a Mountain, PhotoIreland Festival 2016, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin, Ireland [curated by Ángel luis González and Kate Strain]

(07-10/2016)  THE FENCE 2016: New Mexico Photographer Showcase, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(04/2016)  Premise, Process, Product, CWA and the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery, Boulder, CO

(10/2015-02/2016)  West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song, British Library, London, UK [catalogue]

(06-09/2015)  Immigration, Migration, and Evolving Boundaries, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(12/2014-03/2015)  Timbuktu Renaissance, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium

(11-12/2014)  Photography Open Salon, Office Sessions III, London, UK [curated by Vanja Karas]

(03-04/2013)  An Eye for An Ear, ChinaHouse, Penang, Malaysia [curated by Vanja Karas]

(10/2012-03/2013)  ANTHOLOGY 2012, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL

(07-09/2012)  An Eye for An Ear, Gallery Huit, Arles, France [Juried Exhibition with catalogue]

(06/2012)  Review Santa Fe Alumni Exhibition 2012, Review Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

(01-03/2012)  5th Annual Plastic Camera Show, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA [Juried Exhibition]

(09-10/2010)  FotoGrafia Rome, Futurspectives, Rome, Italy [curated by Marc Prust]

(02-04/2010)  3rd Annual Plastic Camera Show, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA [Juried Exhibition]


Selected Press



Related Professional Experience


(2016)  Photograph contributed to PhotoIreland Festival catalogue, PhotoIreland Festival 2016

(2015)  Photographs contributed to West Africa. Word, Symbol, Song catalogue, British Library

(2012)  Photograph contributed to African Cosmos: Stellar Arts catalogue, Smithsonian Museum


Ultreïa (2017); Mental_Floss (2016); KulturAustausch III (2013); Zenith (2012); Bundesverband Kinderhospiz e.V. (2012); Zeit Magazine (2011); The New York Times (2011); National Geographic Explorer and Extreme Explorer (2009)


(2017)  Tupelo Quarterly, 'From Pied Beauty'

(2016)  The Photo Review, '2016 Competition: Interventions on the Land'


Global Encounters, Carnegie Hall (2006); USAID, Mali (2003)


(2016)  Photographs contributed to Lightfoot Guide to the Via Podiensis book, by Angelynn Meya

(2015)  Photograph contributed to fossils of light + time, by Elizabeth Avedon [juried]

(2015)  Cover photograph contributed to States of Marriage, by Emily S. Burrill

(2013)  Photograph contributed to To Timbuktu for a Haircut, by Rick Antonson

(2012)  Photograph contributed to Tales From Timbuktu, National Geographic Explorer Collection

SELECTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS (over 20 presentations since 2008):

(04/2016)  Speaker at The 68th Annual Conference on World Affairs, Boulder, CO

(01/2016)  World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

(11/2015)  Poster Presenter at the 38th Annual Fulbright Association Conference, Atlanta, GA

(10/2015)  SOAS, University of London, London, UK

(03/2014)  Library of Congress, Washington DC

(10/2013) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Global Education Center, Chapel Hill, NC

(10/2013)  World Affairs Council, Washington DC


(Summer 2015)  ‘Land of Saints and Scholars,’ in Doorways: Holton-Arms School Magazine

(05/2013)  ‘Der Verlorene Glanz Der 333 Heiligen,’ in Zenith Mediathek, ZenithOnline

(07/2012)  ‘333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship Under Threat,’ video and website launch    

    self published: http://333saints.wordpress.com

(Fall 2011)  ‘Signs In Nature,’ in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction

(Fall 2009)  ‘Divine Learning,’ in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction


(11/2014)  Review of Christina Capetillo’s An Everchanging Monument in Photo-eye | BLOG

(04/2014)  Review of William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography in Photo-eye | BLOG

(10/2013)  ‘A Short Story from the (Self-Publishing) Trenches’ in Photo-eye | BLOG

(04/2013)  Review of Walker Evans’ American Photographs in Photo-eye | BLOG

(04/2012)  Review of Viviane Sassen’s Parasomnia in Photo-eye | BLOG

(09/2011)  Review of Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico Roma in Photo-eye | BLOG

(06/2011)  Review of Takashi Homma’s New Documentary in Photo-eye | BLOG

(12/2010)  Review of Anthony Hamboussi’s Newtown Creek in Photo-eye | BLOG