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By Photographer Michael Costa Staring out of a car window as we drive to the east coast village of Hoang Hoa, a district located about 21 kilometers outside Thanh Hoa, one could feel like a tourist, looking out a window with eyes glazed over as scenes of a country village begin to unfold.  Yet, I […]






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By Alice Reeves There are language barriers, and then there are language barriers.  So often overseas many of us seem to muddle by with a combination of badly pronounced phrases that are apparently hilarious to locals, and a copious amount of wild gesticulation.  And maybe I am speaking for myself here, but it is definitely very rarely […]






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By Photographer Michael Costa What seems like worlds apart, in reality isn’t.  That is my philosophy as I embrace the Vietnamese culture here in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. This being my first trip outside the United States, the anticipation has become reality. A team of 6 individuals have come together with one common goal: to make […]






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Stoic at Eight

Our founder, Phil Borges, along with two Volunteer Production Assistants, Rachel Gray and Catherine Cussaguet, are currently in Nepal working with Resurge International.  The organization does incredible work to provide free reconstructive surgeries for the poor and builds year-round medical access in underserved areas.   We will post their stories throughout the coming week.   Story by Rachel Gray Patients from […]






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Our founder, Phil Borges, along with two Volunteer Production Assistants, Rachel Gray and Catherine Cussaguet, are currently in Nepal working with Resurge International.  The organization does incredible work to provide free reconstructive surgeries for the poor and builds year-round medical access in underserved areas.   We will post their stories throughout the coming week.   Written by Rachel Gray The […]






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Our founder, Phil Borges, along with two Volunteer Production Assistants, Rachel Gray and Catherine Cussaguet, are currently in Nepal working with Resurge International.  The organization does incredible work to provide free reconstructive surgeries for the poor and builds year-round medical access in underserved areas.   We will post their stories throughout the coming week.   Written […]






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The following is a guest post from our Social Documentary Training participants Michele Zousmer, Michael J. Costa and Sara Begley. “Oh the stories I could tell you about Syreeta,“ Antoinette jokingly mused about her daughter. “From inviting every neighbor child in for dinner to the year she gave away the Thanksgiving turkey straight out of […]






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Assemble a team.  Gather media.  Edit media.  Distribute media. Change the world. Sounds simple enough. Right? Through this social documentary workshop all of us have learned that there is nothing simple about media production.  Today, after a presentation about distribution of media, we learned that even when the media is created the process is not […]






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  Nancy Farese, founder of Photo Philanthropy and workshop participant, explains to me,  “One of the biggest challenges that we see is non-profits not understanding how to use digital media for cause advocacy.  Phil is a master of that.  He not only knows how to access effective media, but how to distribute it and use it […]






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Post-production is in full swing here at the Foundation for Women offices in San Diego.  For the past ten hours our workshop participants have made storyboards, transcribed, selected quotes, edited audio … and the end is nowhere in sight. “Film is a team effort, but when you’re a photographer it’s a solo effort,” explains Michele […]






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