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Does anyone know anything about these guys. The site is very spartan, and there seems to be little information. At the moment, I’m looking for new journalist opportunities and possibly charitable causes to invest my time in.


by Aaron J. Heiner at 2009-07-20 00:23:54 UTC Washington, DC , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→


by [former member] | 20 Jul 2009 06:07 | moscow, Russia | | Report spam→
I agree with Valeri.

by [former member] | 20 Jul 2009 11:07 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
step back briskly, do not leave footprints… j.

by John Robinson | 20 Jul 2009 11:07 | Sweetwaters, South Africa | | Report spam→

by Aaron J. Heiner | 20 Jul 2009 12:07 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Aaron, you could try calling if the email doesn’t work..she’s in DC

United States
Reporters Without Borders
Lucie Morilllon
Southern Railway Building
1500 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington DC, 20005
E-mail : lucie.morillon@rsf.org
Tel : (00) 1 202 256 56 13

by [former member] | 20 Jul 2009 13:07 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Erica, I’ll fire off an email.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 20 Jul 2009 19:07 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Perhaps I am naive, but I checked Photographers without Borders on their website. It looks O.K. to me, but this entity appaears to emphasize fine-art photography as opposed to photojournalism.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 20 Jul 2009 22:07 | Vienna, Austria | | Report spam→
a quick browse through the gallery should clear it up for you real quick

by john d | 20 Jul 2009 23:07 | abuja, Nigeria | | Report spam→
I think it’s just named in a way that’s going to raise hackles around here. (At least they didn’t tack on “Sans Frontières” to their name…)

They seem to be a small outfit that takes donated photos, makes desk calendars with them and sells them for charity. Nothing wrong with that. (Plus, for a charity desk calendar, the photos are probably appropriate.)

The name sucks. It’s misleading to anyone familiar with RSF & MSF, (are those two organizations officially related or just noble causes with a similar name?) but they may very well be a worthy cause.

Decide for yourself if they’re worth your time and support.

by [former member] | 21 Jul 2009 00:07 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
I received the following email yesterday from Phil Spitze,

Thanks for letting me respond to your questions. It would be great if
you could post the pertinent bits to Lightstalkers so as to squelch
the belief that we are a spamming organization.

I founded PWB in 2004 with the view of promoting excellence in fine
art photography (not digital photographic art, where substantial
altering is done) through sales, auctions, and the like. I also
wanted to be able to help up and coming photographers by offering
scholarships and by contributing to other non-profits that fit within
our mission. To date, we have released 2 photography desk calendars
and made cash contributions to the One Laptop Per Child project and
the In-Sight Photography Project. We have not received any
applications for scholarships, so have not awarded any yet.

At the moment, we are extremely small with only minor updates
throughout the year. I am essentially running this organization in my
free time pro bono. I would love to see it grow over the years and be
able to offer services such as “Photographer Finder” for people trying
to seek out a specific skill set in a particular location. I would
also love to open a physical gallery where photographers can get
exposure at little to no cost. These ideas are likely years away, but
I did want to give you a feel for what we’re about.

If you have further questions, let me know!

Phil Spitze, President
Photographers Without Borders, Inc.

I agree with Tomoko, maybe I’m a bit naive too in that I really want to beleive that there are good orgs out there that really do want to be out there for the good of upstarts. It does seem that us photojournalists get burned a lot and hence a strong sense of apprehension, especially on this community.

The name too through me off a bit, but I looked it up on the name just on a whim, becasue the night prior I had watched a report on Doctors Without Borders, and I had been trying to get in tough with reporters Without Borders. Of course, I have 10 hours plus on the train today to think about a lot of stuff, and this no doubt will be one of them.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 21 Jul 2009 08:07 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
from their Initial Release listed in their “Press Room”:
“Photographers Without Borders is pleased to join the already great family of organizations operating under the Without Borders name.”

That could lead one to believe that they have an affiliation with MSF or RSF.

It is weird that a photography organization would claim to promote excellence in fine art photography but display horribly cliché photographs that I only hope were made by a seven year old.

by nick rogers | 21 Jul 2009 10:07 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Yes have to agree with Nick on this one the fine art is nowhere to be found. The name at least to us PJ’s seems more for the use of a news gathering organization to have photogs all over the world maybe going places others haven’t or wont go. because the use of the term/words “Without Borders” has now been set to be used in helping in some way without limitations. either medical, or otherwise.

Lightstalkers Without Borders. In search of ther perfect light and the perfect truth.

" L W B "

A name change or better clarification would suffice here.

by N&N | 21 Jul 2009 14:07 | | Report spam→
I call a cat a cat. I don’t mind if you call it a pussy.

by [former member] | 21 Jul 2009 17:07 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→

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