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Phil Borges (Black and White Fine Art Photography


photographer Phil Borges

For over 25 years Phil Borges has been visiting and documenting indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. Through his projects, he strives to promote and preserve cultural diversity by creating a heightened understanding among cultural and ethnic groups. His images tap deeply into the human spirit of his subjects, whose warm and honest faces peer out from colorless and spectacular landscapes.

Recently Phil developed a program called Bridges to Understanding. Bridges is an on-line classroom program connecting children from indigenous and tribal cultures with their contemporaries in North America for the purpose of exploring and preserving cultural diversity. The Bridges curriculum guides students as they examine their own culture and explore the lives of children with beliefs and customs very different from their own. The Bridges website is

Phil's exhibit and award-winning book, TIBETAN PORTRAIT: The Power of Compassion, focused on the people of Tibet, marginalized by the Chinese occupation of their homeland. "With direct, uncompromising gazes, his subjects, old and young, stare back with a wisdom and strength that seems born of suffering," writes the Washington Post. In 1998 he joined Amnesty International to present ENDURING SPIRIT, an exhibit and book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Phil has hosted three television documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic as a part of his current project Spirit of Place. This current series explores selected indigenous cultures that still maintain a spiritual dialogue with the natural world. The exhibit and upcoming book focuses on these animistic cultures and especially their shamans who mediate the connection with the world of spirit.

Photographs by Phil Borges have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. 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. In December, 2003 Phil was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the 1st Annual International Photography Awards. 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.

Phil graduated from UCSF as a Regents Scholar in 1969. He practiced Orthodontics in Northern California for 18 years prior to his second career as a photographer. He lives with his family in Seattle.


Selected Solo Exhibits

2007 Hallmark Gallery, La Jolla (San Diego), CA
2004 United Nations
2003 Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA
2002 Exploris Museum, Raleigh, NC
2002 FOTOFusion, West Palm Beach, FL
2002 Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Mountain Film Festival, Telluride, CO.
2001 Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI.
2001 Magister Ludi, Cesano Maderno, Milan, Italy
2001 Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2001 South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD.
2000 Galerie D'Art Contemporain, Luxembourg
2000 Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2000 National Gallery of the Grand Cayman Islands, British W.I.
2000 Kulturernas Museum, Helsinki, Finland
1999 Kunsthal Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1998 White House, Washington, D.C.
1998 Tasende Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
1998 Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1998 Albuquerque Museum, NM.
1997 Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta, Canada
1997 Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
1997 Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, WA.
1996 Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO.
1996 G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
1996 Alexandra Palace, London, England
1996 Cannon Rotunda, Washington D.C.
1995 Photographic Image, Portland, OR.
1992 Silver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1991 Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA.

Permanent Collections

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO.
Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA.
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME.


2004 University California San Francisco – Award of Honor
2003 International Photographers Awards – Humanitarian Award
1998 Photo Media Magazine - Photographer of the Year
1996 Banff Mountain Book Festival - Best Book on Mountain Images
1996 Seattle Transcendence Competition - First Place
1995 Society of Professional Journalists - Annual Award of Excellence
1994 Society of Professional Journalists - Annual Award of Excellence
1993 Annual Report (National Medical Enterprises) - Silver Advocate
1992 Advertising Photographers of America - Award of Merit
1989 Pacific NW Media Inc. - Person of the Year, Photography

Phil Borge's latest collection of black and white fine art photography, "Women Empowered", along with his other bodies of work and award-winning photography books, are available at Hallmark Gallery located in La Jolla Cove in San Diego, CA.