We have recently researched a contemporary photographer, and I researched Phil Borges. Phil Borges was born in 1942 in the United States and is a social documentary photographer and filmmaker. He documents and photographs indigenous cultures to show the hardships they face as well as their everyday life. He has published several bestselling books and currently has many solo or permanent exhibits.
His technique includes having a black and white background with the subject in color or muted color. The subjects are so separated from their background, the backgrounds appear to be photoshopped in, but only with a fairly shallow depth of field in most of the photos. He explains how he has the subject make direct eye contact or a side profile in most of his portraits. In his blog, he goes into detail about how he uses portable lighting and cameras due to the terrain and weather conditions he photographs in.
His goal in taking these portraits is “striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face” and looking at these photos, you can see his accomplishment in this. With his photos, you can see an entirely different world than what many of us know.portrait
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