- People and Culture
For over twenty five years Phil Borges has documented indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. Through his exhibits, books and multimedia projects, he strives to create a heightened understanding of issues faced by people in the developing world.
His book Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion, introduces individuals from a deeply spiritual culture who strive to maintain their practice of compassion in the face of adversity. In 1998 he joined Amnesty International to present Enduring Spirit, an exhibit and book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. His exhibit and book The Gift highlights the work of medical teams that provide facial reconstructive surgery to children in the developing world.
Women Empowered, Phil’s current project with CARE USA, introduces some of the extraordinary women in the developing world who are breaking through gender barriers and conventions to enhance their well being and the well being of their communities.
Phil has hosted three television documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic as a part of a series that investigates indigenous cultures that still maintain a spiritual dialogue with the natural world.
In 2000 Phil founded Bridges to Understanding, an on-line classroom program that connects youth worldwide through digital storytelling in order to enhance cross-cultural understanding and help build a sense of global citizenship in youth.
Phil’s photographs are collected and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. In 2007 he was named by AmericanPhoto magazine as one of “10 photographers that inspire us.” and in 2003 he was honored with the Lucie Humanitarian Award.