What Photographers Wish Nonprofits Understood About Working Together

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I love my job. Not only are the people usually fun and interesting to work with, but I get to tell stories about topics I may otherwise never know about. I mean, how else would I ever learn firsthand about the rigors of cashew farming or the work that goes […]

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Podcast 3: How Photographers and Nonprofits Can Collaborate Successfully

Posted by | · · · · · · | Audio & Music · Business · Podcast

What does a successful collaboration between a photographer and a nonprofit look like? An unsuccessful one? In this podcast, we discuss keys to successful collaboration. If you’d like to see more of this kind of podcast, leave us a comment below or send a note to Crystaline: Hi, I’m Crystaline […]

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Thomas Patterson: The Editor’s Take on Working With Photographers

Posted by | · · · · · · · | Nonprofits · Photography · Storytelling

Photography can be a lonely business.   When I was a full-time photographer, I often felt like a lone wolf, moving from assignment to assignment, shoot to shoot, without much of a connection to the audience for my work and without the feedback from clients I needed to improve. Too […]

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Why Your Nonprofit Should Care About Visual Storytelling

Posted by | · · · · · | Multimedia · Nonprofits · Photography · Storytelling · Video & Film

What do you do as a humanitarian storyteller if your organization doesn’t currently see the value of visual storytelling? It’s time to convince them. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States alone. This number includes public charities, […]

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Becky Warnock: The Influence of Colonization on Images of Africa

Posted by | · · · · · · | Ethics · Photography

Becky Warnock is an artist, facilitator and activist. Her artistic practice crosses photography, film, and theatre. She uses participatory practice to engage with the people she works with. Her focus is on creating innovative, community engaged art powered for social change. She trained at the Central School of Speech and […]

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911 What is Your Photo Emergency?

Posted by | · · · · · · · · · | Business · Multimedia · Photography

Did you ever have those times in your life where you really needed help but you didn’t know where to turn? I know I have. My feelings of helplessness are sometimes compounded by running a small business that creates storytelling media for nonprofits.   We don’t really like to talk […]

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Thomas Patterson of Mercy Corps on How He Hires Photographers

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Thomas Patterson is an award-winning photojournalist, multimedia storyteller, editor and content manager for the international relief organization Mercy Corps. He is based in Portland, Oregon, and specialize in multimedia projects for editorial, corporate and non-profit clients around the world. NGO Storytelling: How did you get started in nonprofit and humanitarian storytelling? Thomas Patterson: I come from the newspaper and photojournalism […]

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Podcast 1: How We Get Work as Humanitarian Photographers

Posted by | · · · · · · · · | Business · Inspiration · Jobs · Multimedia · Nonprofits · Photography · Podcast · Storytelling · Uncategorized · Video & Film

Laura has been getting emails about how she gets work since NGO Storytelling began in 2012 and it is still the most frequent email we receive. We are passionate about creating content that you want to see (or in this case hear) and based on your feedback, finding out how […]

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Three Ways to Make Yourself Easy to Work With

Posted by | · · · · · · · | Business · Inspiration · Nonprofits · Storytelling

When I worked on staff at a nonprofit and had the budget to hire freelancers, my main goal was to work with people who made my life easier. I thought of that a lot when I started running my photography and video business full-time. I try to be very easy to […]

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