Photographer Andrew Zuckerman’s Talk on Creative Projects

This 27-minute talk by award-winning photographer Andrew Zuckerman at the 99% Conference is a fantastic case study on the process of creative work. In it, he share about lessons learned from his WISDOM project, in which he interviewed and photographed "elders" around the world, including Chuck Close, Bill Withers, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Massimo Vignelli, [...]

By | August 26th, 2011|Inspiration|1 Comment

A Way to Help East African Famine Victims

Here are some ways you can help: Led by the Somali community, the Neighbors Initiative is a relief effort in partnership with the American Refugee Committee. Somalis are not waiting for handouts; they are leading the relief efforts on the front lines and abroad, working toward a better future for Somalia. Donate to [...]

By | August 25th, 2011|Inspiration|0 Comments

Lost Photos of Joplin

More than 27,000 photos buried or blown away in the Joplin tornado now sit in a church room where volunteers sift, sort and clean them. Angela Walters, a genealogist in Oklahoma, posts nearly 1,000 of them a week on her Facebook page – the Lost Photos of Joplin. Nearly 500 photos, spanning more than a [...]

By | August 23rd, 2011|Inspiration|0 Comments

Meet Rachel!

Rachel is working as our new project coordinator and we're so happy to have her on board. She's going to be helping us oversee our merchandise, video and website work, plus much more. She's a photographer and newlywed living in Franklin, TN. Here's a little more about her. Who I am: Hi there! I'm Rachel [...]

By | August 22nd, 2011|H-P Organizers|4 Comments

Take a Photo, Pass It On

I love the creativity here. Someone sent a package with a disposable camera on the outside and asked the postal workers to take a picture before they passed it on. The package traveled from Massachusetts to Hawaii. The recipient and sender share the resulting photos here on this blog. How fun! What creative ways have [...]

By | August 21st, 2011|Inspiration|1 Comment

Radical Sharing

Many of you no doubt are aware of the mobile app developer Jonathan Stark's accidental "massive experiment in collective consumption and mobile currency" when he made his Starbucks card available to anyone. This post by Alex Goldmark from GOOD talks about how the national news story (in the U.S.) prompted more than 500 coffee drinkers [...]

By | August 20th, 2011|Inspiration|0 Comments

World Photography Day

It's World Photography Day! According to, its origins go back to Aug. 19, 1839, when the French government announced the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Louis Daguerre, as a gift “Free to the World.” Learn more about the history of photography at Wikipedia. (Creative Commons photo: Detail of Boulevard du [...]

By | August 19th, 2011|Inspiration|0 Comments

‘Charity is an incredible bargain’ -Seth Godin

This post by Seth Godin talks about the nature of giving, and how the intangible rewards earned from giving outweigh the investment. I think this sums up what we hear so often at Help-Portrait from volunteers and photographers who give their time and talent at the event each year. Here's one example: "Everyone has something [...]

By | August 18th, 2011|Inspiration|0 Comments

The Evolution of Humanitarian Photography

Our friends at Halogen TV have a post up today featuring a panel of six humanitarian photographers discussing the role and evolution of the genre. Tony Cece, Gary S. Chapman, Rhys Harper, Douglas Klostermann, Bryan Watt and Kasper Nybo talk about recent innovations and challenges. They answer "How has humanitarian photography evolved over the last [...]

By | August 17th, 2011|Inspiration|0 Comments

Help us spread the word about Help-Portrait

2011 marks the third year for Help-Portrait. What started as an idea way back in 2008 has grown into an international movement that has had more momentum than we ever expected. We can't say it enough...thank you! As we begin to prepare for the December 10, 2011 event, the Help-Portrait team is busy securing new merchandise, [...]

By | August 16th, 2011|In the News, Updates|6 Comments