Independent photographer Alexandra Dietz seeks to inspire curiosity, while challenging viewers to see with new eyes and draw their own conclusions. This has led her to subjects as diverse as the lives of her childhood friends in post-recession Detroit, recently released felons in Chicago, Midwestern swingers, day to day life in a transgender brothel in India, and women leaving sex work to build new lives in South Africa. Her approach to photography allows her to break down social boundaries by creating an environment of openness and mutual vulnerability with her subjects. The photos are intimate and raw, rich in everyday details, where backgrounds and lifestyles are stripped down to reveal common ground.
Dietz was born in Detroit, Michigan. She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010 and is currently pursuing a Master in New Media Photojournalism at the Corcoran School of Art at George Washington University. In 2011 she received the Fulbright-Nehru India Research fellowship and displayed at Seagull Gallery in Calcutta, India, and Black Market Gallery, in Chicago. In 2013, Dietz launched a successful $16,200 Kickstarter campaign to fund her “Changing Tides in Key West” documentary on the diverse and contradictory lifestyles within Key West. The project culminated in a solo exhibition at The Studios of Key West.
In 2015 Dietz worked with the Cape Town-based NGO Embrace Dignity to photograph ten women as they transitioned out of a life of sex work. These images explore the duality between the darkest aspects of their lives and their evolving aspirations for more positive futures. The project was displayed in a solo exhibition titled “All That Breaks” at Bello Studios, Cape Town, South Africa. While in South Africa, she also exhibited as part of Cape Town’s Month of Photography at Youngblood Gallery. Dietz is currently documenting the American attachment to the confederate flag as a flashpoint of controversy and symbol of identity. This ability to create trust and human connection with others serves her well as she seeks to convey the subject of each photograph in his or her authentic context.