Media and Marketing Solutions for Humanitarian Organizations
Photo Essays and Short Films
I am convinced that telling deep, personal stories is the core of humanitarian photography, that photography and filmmaking can serve a purpose greater than proving a situation exists or simply providing a visual record of a moment in time.
How we approach the art of storytelling through photography and filmmaking and the results we aim to achieve with our photography or film are more important than how we execute the technical details.
I believe that who we photograph, how we go portray them, and why, is always more important than the dials and buttons on the tools in our hands.
Finally, I believe that photography and filmmaking have the power to change perspectives and influence thoughts and actions. It is our responsibility as humanitarian photographers and filmmakers to take the lead and pursue deeper, more meaningful work that transcends the distance between cultures and embraces the value of our common humanity.
This space is intended to be an exploration of these ideas, a place to share the experience of places I visit, and the things I see.
Recent Blog Posts
In part 1 I talked about the need to communicate the intangible and that often it requires us to move beyond images and fill in the details with a written narrative. Today I want to talk about the words we use and the voice we use to communicate. I see three main...read more
There are a number of challenges faced by those of us pursuing humanitarian photography. Often times the least of which are the technical aspects of actually making the photographs. The challenges often fall more into the abstract and uncertain world of ideas. How do...read more
The more time I spend photographing people, especially children. The more I embrace and connect with Henry Cartie-Bresson’s phrase “The decisive moment." When you are working with people especially in a documentary, portraiture sense, it is key to capture these...read more
I’ve been thinking recently about our obsession with what we and other people deserve. It has become more and more obvious as I read, watch and honestly listen to the thoughts circling in my own head that we have a serious problem with what we deserve vs. what others...read more
Many years ago when I started pursuing my interest in photography, my goals were fairly simple. I was really interested in two things, creating beautiful photos, and being recognized for taking good photos. To be more specific I wanted to create single stand alone,...read more
As we've been traveling and working with humanitarian organizations over the last two and a half years, I have slowly begun to realize the problem most nonprofit and humanitarian organizations are facing. It comes disguised as lack of money, lack of quality volunteers...read more
Bryon Lippincott is a humanitarian photographer, filmmaker and marketing consultant working with nonprofit and humanitarian organizations in Asia and around the world. His work is focused on helping organizations communicate the results of their work by producing stories that portray the courage, value and spirit of the people they are serving.
He is the co-founder of the creative agency Sharing Dots with his wife Lorilee. Sharing Dots provides media and marketing solutions to humanitarian and nonprofit organizations,
To date he has worked on assignment in 10 countries, with over 50 different organizations and individuals, and produced video projects in 6 different languages.
He enjoys taking roads less traveled and writing about how nonprofits and humanitarian organizations can communicate more effectively and increase engagement with their core audiences.