Mike Davis: Stories That Drive Change Speaker Highlight

Carlos Javier Ortiz, Sarah Leen, Mike Davis, Alexia Chair at Syracuse University, Julia Dolan, Aphrodite and Peter Tsairis at The Alexia 2015 judging.

Carlos Javier Ortiz, Sarah Leen, Mike Davis, Alexia Chair at Syracuse University, Julia Dolan, Aphrodite and Peter Tsairis at The Alexia 2015 judging. Photo by Drew Osumi.

The next esteemed Latin America: Stories That Drive Change speaker we would like to highlight is Mike Davis. Mike Davis is a legend and a genius. He is responsible for some of the most important photo editing of our time and has led some of the most important photography teams journalism has ever assembled.

Mike currently holds the Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He teaches advanced storytelling classes, runs the Alexia Foundation Grants competition and creates special initiatives while continuing to work with photographers the world over as a picture editor.

Before taking his post at Syracuse, Davis was was a full time independent picture editor who worked with photographers to elevate their photography for portfolios, projects, gallery shows, books and contest and grant submissions. Projects he edited during this period were recognized at Perpignan’s festival, LOOK3, were published widely and won many of the world’s major competitions.

Mike has been a picture editor and visual leader at National Geographic, The White House and several of America’s leading papers for nearly 30 years. He was twice named newspaper picture editor of the year and has edited the work of several photographers of the year, including first and second place newspaper photographers of the year three times and magazine photographer of the year twice.

Judging of the 2015 POY LatAm with Gary Knight, Yolanda Andrade, Tomás Munita, Tiago Santana and Magdalena Herrera in San Miguel de Allende. Loup Langton and Pablo Corral Vega moderated. Photo by Mike Davis.

Judging of the 2015 POY LatAm with Gary Knight, Yolanda Andrade, Tomás Munita, Tiago Santana and Magdalena Herrera in San Miguel de Allende. Loup Langton and Pablo Corral Vega moderated. Photo by Mike Davis.

He has taught at numerous workshops and judged POYi several times, as well as many other photojournalism contests. He has been a jury member of the W. Eugene Smith grant, The RFK Journalism Awards, The Nikon Sabbatical, The Walkley Awards and others.

For Latin America: Stories That Drive Change, Mike will be explaining what grants are available and how to successfully apply for them based on his extensive experience administering The Alexia grants, as a jury member for a variety of grants and as a photo editor who has guided numerous photographers to success. In his break out session, he will be discussing how to select and sequence images for maximum impact, achieving the third effect that results from the successful interplay of photographs, as explained in this recent PDN interview.

Register now for Latin America: Stories That Drive Change to learn directly from the tremendous Mike Davis.

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