For over 25 years Phil Borges has been visiting and documenting people of indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. His images tap deeply into the human spirit of his subjects. Through his various exhibits, books andeducational programs, he strives to promote cultural diversity.
Phil's riveting portraits have been the subject of over 80 museum and gallery solo exhibits worldwide and is included in numerous museum and private collections. His award winning books have been published in four languages and in 1998 he was presented the Photo Media Magazine "Photoperson of the Year" award. His first book TIBETAN PORTRAIT: The Power of Compassion (Rizzoli 96), is in it's 5th printing and his exhibit and book ENDURING SPIRIT was selected by Amnesty International for the global celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Phil's most recent book, THE GIFT documents the work of Interplast, an organization that provides free reconstructive surgery for children in developing countries. Photographed in Peru and Vietnam, THE GIFT is helping Interplast celebrate 30 years of service to children around the world.
Phil's current project COMMUNION focuses on the people of selected indigenous cultures and their relationship to the natural world. The exhibit and soon to be released book also explores the individuals in these cultures who mediate the spiritual relationship between the community and the environment -- the people we in the West refer to as shamans.
Phil is the founder/director of BRIDGES, an online classroom program connecting children from indigenous and tribal cultures with their urban contemporaries for the purpose of exploring and preserving cultural diversity. Phil teaches and lectures internationally and is co-founder of Blue Earth Alliance, a 501c3 that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments. He lives with his family in Seattle.