The Alexia Foundation has long been a leader in helping photographers pursue their passion to develop serious documentary photographic projects. We have proudly funded student and professional photographers for more than 27 years.
One of those students was Souvid Datta who received a student Award of Excellence Grant in 2013. The grant was $500 in cash and up to $1,500 to attend an educational workshop. Through a series of recent developments Mr. Datta has admitted that he manipulated many photographic images and that he stole images from other photographers and incorporated them into his own.
The founders and the board of directors of The Alexia Foundation have removed Mr. Datta’s images from the foundation’s website and they will not be reposted.
“The Alexia Foundation stands for honesty and integrity in the stories we fund,” said Dr. Peter and Aphrodite Tsairis, Alexia Foundation co-founders. “We demand that our grant recipients respect and adhere to the highest standards of photojournalistic ethics. That is why we have terminated our relationship with Mr. Datta and have removed his project from our website and files. In addition, an asterisk will be placed next to his name on the list of Alexia grant recipients indicating these transgressions.”
“Honesty, integrity and compassion are what distinguishes the kind of documentary photography we support. Any question of ethical violations goes to the core of this noble profession we love. It stirs doubt and erodes public trust. We cannot allow questions of doubt to linger and we cannot support work that has even a suggestion of doubt,” said Dr. and Mrs. Tsairis.