Sofia Aldinio is an Argentine documentary photographer and multimedia storyteller based in Portland, Maine. She is currently working as a freelancer and part time photojournalist at the Portland Press herald. Her work uses collaborative practices to tell stories about home, immigration, climate change, and preserving natural and cultural heritage through an interdisciplinary process that uses photography, archival materials, motion, and written narratives.
A large part of Sofia's documentary work focuses on amplifying stories of immigrants and refugees arriving in the Northeast of the United States. She was awarded several grants through the Maine Art Commission and the Kindling Fund to develop community based project that explores what it means to belong – to one’s self, to a culture, to a geographic location and to a new community. The projects are still being exhibited throughout the state of Maine inviting viewers to explore the meaning of “home” through the shared language of art.
Sofia is currently working on a project about how climate change is threatening traditions and ways of life in small communities living in Baja California that depend directly on natural resources to survive. The project was funded by the Pulitzer Center, won the Zeke Award, was exhibit at Photoville and published by several publications. The project will become an archival document for the communities she is documenting.
Her work has been published and featured in National Geographic, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, NPR, Portland Press Herald, LaNacion (Argentina), Atmos, Social Documentary Network, Maine Today, Outside Magazine Online, Backcountry Magazine, Bon Appetit New Zealand, Empower Immigrant Woman, among others. She has worked for non-profits such as Learning Works, Maine Wabanaki REACH, Maine Immigrants’ Rights, amongst others. Her commercial clients include Patagonia, Patagonia Provisions, Cole Hann, Sperry, Opolis Optics, Thule, and more. See Commercial Portfolio.