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Nancy Farese
Nancy Richards Farese is a social documentary photographer known for creating evocative and powerful images of non-profit work in places such as refugee camps in Sudan and Uganda, post-disaster areas such as Haiti and Liberia, and communities addressing severe need in their own backyards, such as San Francisco, and New Orleans. Nancy is Founder of PhotoPhilanthropy ( to connect and promote the work of non-profits and photographers to encourage more effective visual storytelling. She lives in Marin County, California.

Entries by Nancy Farese

Finding Shelter

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 4:23 PM

The refugee story is both as big as the world, with nation-state boundaries being drawn by international powers dividing families, and as small as the individual child, orphaned by violence and brought to safety by another child or relative.
Their welcome is temporary.

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An Adventure With A Cause: PhotoPhilanthropy with Landesa in India

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 10:21 AM

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I like this guidance: "Never turn down an adventure without a good reason."

The older we get, the more we seem to distance ourselves from the potential for real adventures. We insulate ourselves in our communities and in our social circles,...

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The Familiar Edge of the Unknown

(6) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 5:09 PM

An Ethiopian Journey
By Nancy Richards Farese


Our story line can change quickly, when we want it to. One day I'm in Boston at a boathouse on the Charles, learning to row, but mainly lying on the gray slats of the sauna-warm...

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Pain and Suffering and Joy and Resilience in Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Suddenly you are ripped into the experience of being alive. Life is pain; life is suffering; life is horror, but by God you are alive and it is spectacular! Joseph Campbell

2014-03-24-20100222_HaitiDay2_0113.jpgSuddenly I am alive, and I am in Haiti. I am on a...

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Playing on the Edges

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Playing Soccer and Keeping Kids Safe Under The Jacaranda Trees

Imagine if there was a knock on your door and you opened it to find LeBron James. He smiles, walks into your living room, and begins discussing HIV. He covers testing, and...

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The Power of One Pen: Shooting in Liberia with Mercy Corps

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 2:33 PM

I've known how to write my name since I was four years old, so as I watched Cedeh sit down with paper and a prized ink pen and slowly work through the letters of her name I had a sense of...

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Of Worms and Water: In the Field With the Carter Center

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 5:07 PM

2013-08-09-20101111_CarterCenter_0272.jpgOn my first trip to Africa, I stepped off the plane in Kampala and I noticed the smell. It was woody, pungent and deeply foreign to me. I had two camera bodies, four lenses, a polarizer, eight memory cards; I was ready to...

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Black, White and Grey in Hebron

(44) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 6:32 PM


I just saw a photo in the news from last week in Hebron; it is shadowed black with violence and fear. Your eye immediately finds the only touch of bright light, a flaming weapon (a rock? A bomb?) that a young...

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There Are Thousands of Lives In One Single Life

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 3:24 PM

It is a happy talent to know how to play. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nancy Farese

I have come to India to photograph play. Magic Bus India, an international NGO working in 10 states in India and involving 250,000 children, uses the natural inclination for play and laughter to...

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Telling Stories About the Pain of Others

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 1:53 PM

We bounce along in the back of the 4x4 through mud "streets." My neck begins to ache, and I drop any pretext of taking notes. As I listen to Christine tell me about the horrific pain and cruelty she has witnessed, I shudder, feel nauseous, tear up; I'm scared. Christine...

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