Sara Naomi Lewkowicz/Alexia Foundation
Sara Naomi Lewkowicz/Alexia Foundation
Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Alexia Foundation

From Tragedy to Light, 30 Years of The Alexia is a celebration and commemoration of the powerful history of The Alexia, a grant created to honor Alexia Tsairis, and whose goal is to foster understanding and expose social injustice.

 Winners of The Alexia are marked by their unwavering belief in the power of photography to drive change, and their relentless work to harness photography to make the world a better place.

The Alexia has been awarded to 166 documentary photography projects from nearly as many photographers. This exhibition is a compendium of that work. It is an immersion into–and an homage to–the unshakable power of photojournalism.

The photographers represented in this exhibit range from fledglings, to those at the very top of the field. The stories they tell, universally urge us to look harder at our world. Some are devastating. Some are inspiring. All impel the viewer to take action. The audience bears witness to harrowing acts of violence: in the home, or on the battlefield.

Photographers reveal injustice, and the fragile state of our planet Earth. They expose us to the exuberance of youth, and the weight of poverty. They show us life, and the work we need to do to make it better.

This exhibit was made possible thanks to the generosity of PhotoWings.


  • The Alexia Foundation

    The Alexia Foundation

    The Alexia Foundation exists to illuminate social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it, and to understand cultural difference as our strength–not our weakness. The foundation administers as many as seven production grants and scholarships annually, to empower individuals to use documentary photography to drive change.

    Created in 1989, The Alexia Foundation honors and celebrates Alexia Tsairis, a Syracuse University photojournalism student who was murdered in the terrorist attack of Pan Am Flight 103, as she returned to the U.S. after spending a semester in London. The airplane, targeted by the Libyan government, exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988, killing all 259 people aboard, and 11 on the ground. The Alexia Foundation allows Alexia’s legacy to live on. In its 30 years, The Alexia Foundation has awarded 166 grants totaling more than $1.5 million.

    Year after year, the photojournalism work and photojournalists we support receive the industry’s highest accolades. They have been honored by World Press Photo, POYi, Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, The National Press Photographer Association’s Best of Photography, the W. Eugene Smith Fund, the Prix de Paris, The International Center of Photography Infinity Award, the Canon Female Photojournalist Award, the Pulitzer Prizes and more.

From Tragedy to Light, 30 Years of The Alexia

 archive : 2019

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Bill Marr

Presented by: The Alexia Foundation
  • The Alexia Foundation

Supported by:

  • PhotoWings


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