Our media team produces films, exhibitions and books designed to raise awareness and inspire support for social and environmental issues facing people in the developing world.

Phil Borges

Phils Bio

For over twenty-five years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books, which have been published in four languages, include Tibetan Portrait, Enduring Spirit, Women Empowered and Tibet: Culture on the Edge. He has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic channels. Phil also lectures and teaches internationally.

Phil’s recent project, CRAZYWISE, explores the relevance of Shamanic traditional practices and beliefs to those of us living in the modern world. CRAZYWISE centers around a young man struggling with his sanity, world renowned mental health professionals, and a gutsy survivor-led movement...all challenging a mental health system in crisis.

Phil’s program Stirring the Fire has produced several short documentaries, a book and an exhibition highlighting some of the extraordinary women worldwide who are breaking through gender barriers and conventions in order to enhance the well being of their communities.

In 2000 Phil founded Bridges to Understanding, an online classroom program that connects youth worldwide through digital storytelling in order to enhance cross-cultural understanding and help build a sense of global citizenship in youth. He also co-founded Blue Earth Alliance, a 501c3 that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments.

Phil graduated from University of California as a Regents Scholar in 1969 and was honored with their prestigious University of California Medal in 2004. He lives with his family in Seattle.


Julee Geier

General Inquiries, Bookings, Prints, Press

Julee Geier
Sandy Jeglum

Production and Communication

Sandy Jeglum



Barbara Cox

Production Assistant

Justine Esquivel

Production Sound

Jim Hearst

Post-Production Sound

Michael Gray


Danielle Prince

Digital Designer / Web Developer

Dax Borges

Awards and Recognition

  • 2012
    Winner of Banff Film Festival’s Mountain Images category for Tibet: Culture on the Edge
  • 2007
    Named one of the “10 photographers that inspire us” by American Photo Magazine
  • 2007
    Purpose Prize winner
  • 2005
    Named Giraffe Hero
  • 2003
    Lucie Humanitarian Award at the 1st Annual International Photography Awards
  • 1998
    Photo Media Magazine "Photoperson of the Year"

Selected Solo Exhibits

  • 2013
    Norsk Industriabeider Museum, Norway
  • 2013
    University of Oklahoma, OK
  • 2010
    Joan B. Kroc Institute, San Diego, CA
  • 2009
    Seattle University, WA
  • 2008
    The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, AR
  • 2008
    Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2007
    United Nations, New York, NY
  • 2002
    Exploris Museum, Raleigh, NC
  • 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
    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
    Capital Rotunda, Washington D.C.

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