Mike Davis Named Alexia Foundation Chair

May 22, 2013
Photography editor and educator Mike Davis has been named as the new Alexia Chair for Documentary Photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Photography editor and educator Mike Davis has been named as the new Alexia Chair for Documentary Photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

SYRACUSE, NY (May 22, 2013) – Photography editor and educator Mike Davis has been named as the new Alexia Chair for Documentary Photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The announcement was made today by Multimedia Photography and Design department chair Bruce Strong.

With the appointment Davis becomes a full-time faculty member at Syracuse. The Alexia Foundation promotes peace and understanding through visual storytelling. It is named after, an honors, Alexia Tsairis, who was a 20-year-old Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse who was killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight #103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988.

Davis is an independent photography editor and educator who works with visual journalists around the world to elevate their photography for portfolios, projects, gallery shows, books, and contest and grant submissions, Strong said. Davis has been a picture editor and visual leader at National Geographic magazine, the White House, and several of America’s leading newspapers. He has also been an adjunct faculty member in the MPD department of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

He was twice named newspaper picture editor of the year, and has edited the work of several photographers who went on to win Photographer of the Year titles. Davis has been a picture editor for more than 20 books and taught many workshops and judged scores of contests.

He's been on the faculty of various workshops including the Missouri Workshop, Mountain People’s workshop, Santa Fe Workshops, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Northern Short Course, New Zealand Photofest, and Somos Foto in Ecuador and The Dominican Republic. Twice he's been a roving reviewer during Photolucida and he has lectured at a range of universities.

Davis has judged Missouri's POYi several times, as well as many other photojournalism contests, and been a jury member of the W. Eugene Smith Grant, The RFK Journalism Awards, The Nikon Sabbatical, and others. He holds a master's degree in visual journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice through grants, scholarships, and special projects. The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change.