Lamuella Animal Sanctuary by Alexandra Buxbaum

This is one part of a long-term project focusing on animal sanctuaries and their positive contributions to animal, environmental and community welfare. This photo project is as much about the animals who have wound up in a sanctuary – their backstories of exploitation and habitat loss – as it is about the caretakers who are dedicated to helping these animals live as naturally as possibly in the world we share.

Lamuella Animal Sanctuary by Alexandra Buxbaum

Lamuella Animal Sanctuary by Alexandra Buxbaum

This is a very special group of individuals who believe dearly in this cause and want to do everything they can to help these animals that were victims of abuse, neglect, exploitation, habitat loss, or were destined to be slaughtered. They have heard the call to action, the cries for help, and they’ve answered that call with their dedication and their service.

Lamuella Animal Sanctuary by Alexandra Buxbaum

Lamuella Animal Sanctuary by Alexandra Buxbaum

Lamuella Animal Sanctuary is an ethical, vegan sanctuary located in Peoria, Arizona that was founded in 2019, every animal residing there was rescued from some type of exploitation or abuse. Founded in 2019, the sanctuary name is derived from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy book series where Lamuella is an idyllic planet and home “to the Perfectly Normal Beasts.” Owners and founders Megan and Phil started with the two potbellied pigs they adopted, when approached by a friend of Megan’s father about taking a goat that was part of an FFA program that was finished and would then be sent to slaughter Megan decided “why don’t we just become a sanctuary?” Lamuella provides rescue, rehabilitation, and enrichment to all that live there.

Lamuella Animal Sanctuary by Alexandra Buxbaum

Lamuella Animal Sanctuary by Alexandra Buxbaum

This photo project also addresses this fundamental question…do we as human beings have the unfettered, unrestricted right and authority over all other creatures on this planet and to control, manage and destroy habitats – and even the lives of everything in the path of our wants and needs?

Lamuella Animal Sanctuary by Alexandra Buxbaum

Lamuella Animal Sanctuary by Alexandra Buxbaum

Alexandra Buxbaum is an international photographer whose work focuses on documenting the human experience of various people and cultures living in disparate urban and rural environments around the world. The heart of her imagery shows us our collective humanity – and sometimes our lack thereof – with a focus on issues surrounding social inequality and injustice, and in particularly, marginalized communities both locally and abroad.

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Alexandra Buxbaum

 has worked professionally for major media outlets, and her photography has appeared in a myriad of publications both nationally and internationally. She has exhibited in over 75 shows at galleries, cultural centers, and museums, and is co-founder of the International Center for Documentary Arts. Her photographs are in numerous private collections.

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Alexandra Buxbaum

Alexandra Buxbaum

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