Mike Davis

Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography

Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications


Mike Davis wears hats. Over time, he’s worn a lot of hats, both figuratively and literally.

These days, three roles keep him busy. As the Alexia Chair at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, he administers the Alexia Foundation Grant competition for professionals and students, which recognizes socially conscious photographic projects.

As a faculty member at The Newhouse School, Mike teaches visual story telling classes. Students in Mike’s classes develop projects that help define their career paths and he helps them produce work that goes beyond what they thought they’d be capable of creating.

Lastly, Mike continues to work with photographers to help them hone their mind’s eye. He guides visual storytellers to produce bodies of work to specific outcomes and gives general advice to advance their skills and develop unique voices.

Through the years, Mike has been an internationally recognized picture editor and visual leader at National Geogrpahic, The White House, several newspapers and as an independent consultant. He has edited more than 30 books, been a judge for many of the world’s leading photographic competitions and lectured widely.

Photo by  Melissa Lyttle