Alexandra Marvar grew up between a ski lodge and a racetrack in rural Ohio. Presently, she splits her time between Brooklyn and Phoenecia, New York, working in film and technology.
She worked on marketing and events at VHX — a start-up empowering filmmakers and video creators to direct-distribute video — as well as in web design, non-fiction writing and multi-media journalism, covering music and musicians, hydropower controversy in southeastern Turkey, and tsunami tourism in Indonesia.
Her writing and photography have been published by Huffington Post, Vanity Fair online, W magazine online, Jane, GOOD magazine online, NPR, and Time Out New York. Her interview portfolio spans from Audrey Tautou to Hal Hartley to Iggy Pop. She has given lectures on photography and photojournalism at City College of New York and the Savannah College of Art & Design, and taught a photo workshop at the DREAM Project School, Cabarete, D.R.
Before moving to Brooklyn in 2006, Alex studied anthropology and geology at Vassar College followed by a documentary photography program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. In 2010, she sang on an album and toured the UK with a band called Common Prayer. She is one of the founders and organizers of the Kingston, NY-based national arts non-profit O+ Festival, where artists and musicians barter their contributions directly for medical and dental care from art-loving health care providers.
She serves on the Board of Directors for O+ Festival, and the Board of Advisors for the Esopus Foundation.