Family. Life. is a global collaborative student project that touches a significant aspect of life on the planet: family.

Some families close the gaps of geographic distance, transcend blood lines, and provide support and comfort. Others represent struggle, difficulty, and challenge. Some individuals believe they are born into a family; others feel they are constantly searching for one. This is the family dynamic, at once unifying and distinguishing each of us.

With 34 participating programs around the world, and employing disciplines including fine art, photojournalism, documentary film, and animation, Family. Life. explores the feelings, relationships, obstacles, and identities of families across the globe.

Family. Life. is sponsored by Photoshelter, PDN, PhotoWings and ASMP. The Alexia Foundation and Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications are initiating the project.

Quick Statistics

The Family. Life. project includes 16 countries, 32 schools, 139 projects, 2091 photos, and 46 Videos.


Andrea Wise - Project Director

Abby Legge - Art Director

Michelle Malia - Copyeditor

Jane Depgen - Designer

Phil DeCicca - Designer

Ambra Tieszen - Designer

Sofia Russo - Designer

Shirley Chang - Designer

Dana Sulit - Designer

MacKenzie Dunsmoor - Designer

Morgan McMullen - Designer

Zhiye Jin - Designer

Jordana Rubin - Designer

Victoria Amoroso - Designer

Kaitlin Grenier - Designer

Xiaoxuan Liu - Designer

Faculty Advisors

Mike Davis

Ken Harper

Renée Stevens

Web Producer

Jeff Passetti

Project Partners