Alicia Vera is a Mexican-American documentary photographer. She studied at Miami-Dade College in South Florida and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA where she began to document the complex lives of sex workers. Eventually, she moved to Mexico City to freelance full time and rediscover her family's roots. She now works between her hometown of Miami, FL and Mexico City.
Alicia is an IWMF 2018 fellow and an Eddie Adams XXIII alumni. She won the Getty Emerging Talent Award in 2013, was shortlisted for Burn Magazine's Emerging Photography Fund 2013, and is a proud member of Women Photograph.
Selected clients include: Time, The Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed News, The Intercept, The Guardian, NPR, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Condé Nast Traveler, Airbnb, ACLU, Malala Fund, Nestle, Lufthansa Magazine, Vice, Netflix, Roads and Kingdoms, SF Chronicle, The Fader, The Globe and Mail, Americas Quarterly, Dwell and Metropolis Magazine.
2018: Nominated for World Press Photo's 6x6 Global Talent Program
2018: IWMF: Adelante Fellowship/ El Salvador
2018: Joop Swart Masterclass Nominee
2014: Acceptance to New York Times Portfolio Review
2014: Nominated for PDN's 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch
2013: Getty Images Emerging Talent Award
2013: Shortlisted for Burn Magazine’s Emerging Photographer Fund
2012: Honorable Mention PhotoFest Queretaro
2010: Eddie Adams Barnstorm XXIII Alumni
2010: Eddie Adams Workshop XXIII Manfrotto Award
2009: Photographer’s Forum’s 29th Annual College Photographer Contest Finalist
EXHIBITIONS AND ARTIST TALKS
2017: Women Photograph's "Insider/Outsider" Group Exhibit in Photoville, NYC
2017: Refinery 29's "Body Talk" Group Exhibit in Photoville, NYC
2017: Enamorados de La Mujer Barbuda Exhibit- Los Angeles, CA
2016: ENIF Docufricción - Centro de Imagen - Mexico City
2015: Electric Pussy Group Exhibit - Espacio Artereal - Mexico City
2015: Eden - Encuentro Fotografico Mexico - Puebla, Mexico
2014: Art and Letters Day - Miami Dade College - Miami, FL
2014: Tania Exhibit - Foro Alicia - Mexico City
2012: "Open Show" Group Exhibit -Rayko Photo Center - San Francisco, CA