The Alexia Foundation Hosting “Eyes on the World” Exhibit and Amanda Berg Lecture in New York

Awa Balde, 5, cries after being circumcised. Once a girl passes through the rite of circumcision, she is considered a respectable prospect for marriage. A future husband will sometimes pay a dowry to claim a bride before she becomes a teenager. Ami Vitale/Alexia Foundation

Pictures can capture our hearts, make us laugh, or provide a glimpse into a sobering reality of human actions and consequences through a language we can all understand. Photojournalists, bringing inhumanity and injustice into focus, shine a light on some of the darkest places in the world. Truly, photojournalists are our eyes on the world – which is why The Alexia Foundation provides grants and scholarships to photojournalists, enabling them to create work that gives voice to those who go unheard, fosters peace and exposes social injustice.

On Thursday, June 20th, 2013 The Alexia Foundation will be holding an exhibition, “Eyes on the World” at 25CPW Gallery in New York to exhibit some of the most moving, provocative, and inspiring photographs from Alexia’s archives and share the work of our recent grant winner and 2011 Alexia Foundation grant award winner Amanda Berg whose stark look at the dangerous binge drinking trend among college women, “Keg Stand Queens,” has already been shared by many news outlets.

An exhibition with some of the most moving, provocative, and inspiring photographs from Alexia’s archives

Amanda’s story continues the Alexia Foundation tradition of bringing awareness to the essential role of photojournalists as witnesses to the events that shape our world in ways large and small. Amanda Berg will be speaking about “Keg Stand Queens” at a free public lecture on Saturday, June 22nd at 4:00 PM and the exhibition will continue on display at the gallery daily from 12:00 to 6:00PM through Sunday, June 23rd, 2013.

The exhibition will also be featuring work from the 2013 grant winners, Abir Abdullah and Sara Naomi Lewkowicz via projection. Abir’s work examines the dangers in Bangladesh’s garment industry and Sara’s work documents domestic violence in the US.

Inspired by their dear daughter and sister Alexia Tsairis who was innocently killed at the age of 20 during the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the Tsairis family has worked to build Alexia’s legacy as a photographer through The Alexia Foundation. The Alexia Foundation has grown to become one of the most well-known and respected awards in the field of photojournalism, earning recognition and awards from World Press Photo, the Emmy News and Documentary Awards, the duPont-Columbia University Award, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination; just to name just a few. The Alexia Foundation has given $700,000 in grants, producing 128 funded projects over the last 24 years.

Please join the Alexia Foundation founders, board members, funders, and other esteemed guests at the Opening Celebration of the gallery event, “Eyes on the World.” The exhibition, on display from 12:00 to 6:00PM daily through June 23rd, will feature images from the Alexia Foundation archives, recent grant winners and a lecture by Amanda Berg on Saturday, June 22nd at 4:00PM.

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WHAT: Alexia Foundation “Eyes on the World” Gallery Event
WHEN: June 20th, 2013 – 6:00PM to 9:00PM
WHERE: 25CPW Gallery at 25 Central Park West (at 62nd Street), New York, NY 10023