Phil Borges

My wife introduced me to Phil Borges when she brought home the book Enduring Spirit one day after a conversation with Borges’ son, who was studying in Maastricht. The book was written by Isabel Allende to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948, and features 80 of Borges’ signature portraits: crystalline black-and-white photography with the subjects natural skin-tones tinted in.

Borges has been developing his unique style of photography since the 1970’s, when he assembled the book, Tibetan Portraiture, of Tibetans in exile in Nepal, including the Dalai Lama. Since, he has built a unique portfolio of indigenous peoples throughout the world, attempting to capture their innate dignity and worth in the midst of rapid cultural extinctions brought about by corporate and national agendas.

You can see Mr. Borges’ work on his website, and hear him speaking about his work at a TEDTalks gathering on YouTube.

Also published on my Newsvine column.

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