Alexandre was born in Portugal to a West African mother, and moved to the United States in 2010 where he quickly found his raison d'être, photography. For the past decade, he has collaborated with a variety of notable publications to illustrate important issues.
The images featured here ran alongside the New York Times article "For Doctors of Color, Microaggressions Are All Too Familiar". Only five percent of the American physician work force is African-American, and roughly two percent are Black women. The article states that more than a dozen Black women interviewed said they frequently heard comments from colleagues and patients questioning their credibility and undermining their authority while on the job.
"The most exciting part was meeting the doctors and hearing some of the stories they had to tell," says Alexandre. "The topic of race in a medical setting was very close to me at the time because my sister was about to give birth and dealt with some issues between medical staff and black patients."
A big takeaway from the piece, is that hospital and residency directors looking to address the deep-rooted problem should begin with hearing and validating the personal experiences of Black doctors. This article and Alexandre's powerful photographs, begin to shed light on some of these stories and expose the disparities that still exist within our health system.
Alexandre currently resides in Philadelphia where he has focused on documenting the city and honing his photojournalism skills. If you are working on a project that requires an experienced photojournalist, shoot him a message or hit 'hire' to collaborate.