“Allowing us to experience Dear World was life changing for our leadership team.”
-Kim Burgdorf, Director, American Express
Dear World is a portrait and storytelling project that unites people through pictures in its distinct style.
Its precursor, Dear New Orleans, became an alternative platform for people to write love notes to their city. Before launching Dear World, the project’s founder, Robert Fogarty noticed that the simple portraits could be a vehicle for shared communication no matter race, religion or language.
His work has appeared on the TODAY show, CNN, in the Washington Post and in over 30 countries. He’s photographed Nobel Peace prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees.
He’s also photographed Laurene Powell Jobs, Peter Thiel as well as the executives of several major companies including Pacific Life, UBS and Astra Zeneca. Because of his work with his private clients, Fogarty uses a portion of his revenues to underwrite the project costs of his field projects, which document people with incredible stories to share.
Dear World traveled to Joplin, Missouri, the site of an EF tornado that killed 160 and Breezy Point, New York, where a 6-alarm fire destroyed 111 homes during Hurricane Sandy. Most recently, Fogarty traveled to the Zataari refugee camp in northern Jordan, which now houses over 200,000 Syrian refugees and is the second largest refugee camp in the world. They’ve also worked with Boston marathon bombing survivors who returned to the finish line to take their Dear World portraits.
To book Dear World or request rates for speech and portrait shoots:
If you are a person interested in organizing your own “Dear World” shoot for a school or community organization, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org