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Mike Davis

Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography Professor of Practice Multimedia Photography & Design Also teaches in: Photography Communications Photography Photojournalism

Mike 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. He has been a picture editor and visual leader at National Geographic magazine, the White House and several of America’s leading newspapers.

Davis 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. He has been a picture editor for more than 20 books and taught many workshops and judged scores of contests.

Davis has 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.

Davis is the Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography at the Newhouse School. As the Alexia Chair, Davis teaches at Newhouse, is a member of the Alexia Foundation Board of Trustees and runs the Alexia Foundation Grants. The grants are awarded to one professional and five students each year, to help them produce bodies of work on a subject of cultural significance.

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