Auckland Festival of Photography presents a unique session with guest speaker, James Dooley, Executive Administrator from the Alexia Foundation, New York. The Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, and to understand cultural difference as our strength – not weakness.
On the 21st of December,1988, 270 innocent people were lost in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Alexia Tsairis, age 20, a Newhouse School of Public Communications student at Syracuse University, was one of them. Set up to honour this young photographer through grants, scholarships and special projects, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change. At a time when many other resources have dwindled, The Alexia Foundation remains unwavering in its commitment to support photojournalism on academic and professional levels. They strongly believe that there is no stronger force in bringing us closer to the world we inhabit. Part of the Festival screenings at Auckland Library will be a 25 year showcase digital projection of the Alexia Foundation grant winners and the stories they have brought to life with the fund.