Alex Milan Tracy
Hailing from South West London and self-taught from a young age in the art of photography, Alex developed his skills and pursued his passion after finishing his degree in History of Art and Film Studies at the University of Kent. Fed up with the daily grind in London working in his managerial retail position at a top performing fine wine store, he began to pursue his dream career narrating and documenting social and political stories photographically. Realizing his potential working as a freelance photojournalist, he advanced his skill set by obtaining a Master’s in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the University of the Arts London, allowing him to mature the foundations of his photographic business. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest and travels frequently covering a plethora of issues.

Represented by Sipa and Associated Press, his work consistently appears in titles such as National Geographic, TIME, The Guardian, The Wall St. Journal, Condé Nast, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Newsweek, CBS, CNN, ABC, and NBC. He has worked for clients including PBS, Inside Energy, The Statesman Journal, Kaiser Permanente, The American Jewish Society for Service, Outside In, The Sierra Club, and Columbia Riverkeeper.

Since 2014, Alex has led photography workshops for National Geographic Student Expeditions, teaching multiple trips in London, Prague, and Iceland. When he is not traveling, he teaches individual and group sessions back in the Northwest.

He has been awarded two reporting fellowships with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. One in April 2015 explored issues surrounding the Greater sage-grouse in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada. The other, in June 2016, focused on factors affecting North Dakota’s Prairie Pothole Region. He is passionate about natural resource, environmental and political issues throughout the American West and is actively looking to collaborate with other journalists who have expertise in these fields.

Why Silent Second?

Silent Second is a concept grown out of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s notion of the decisive moment. Not only is there a decisive moment when taking a photograph, but the concentration and focus that goes into capturing that moment happens within the silent second before the shutter is pressed.