Artist Biographies : Borges, Phil :
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. His images tap deeply into the human spirit of his subjects, whose warm and honest faces peer out from colorless and spectacular landscapes.
Phil\'s exhibit and award-winning book, TIBETAN PORTRAIT: The Power of Compassion, focused on the endangered people of Tibet, marginalized by the Chinese occupation of their homeland. "With direct, uncompromising ggazes, 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 recently hosted two documentaries for the Discovery Channel and is currently working on a four part television series focusing on selected indigenous cultures who believe the natural world is animated with powerful spirits. The project, titled Spirit of Place, also includes a photographic exhibit and book about the people who still communicate spiritually with the natural world.
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. 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.
Denver Art Museum, Denver CO
Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
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
1989 Pacific NW Media Inc. - Person of the Year, Photography