In early 2000 during the CASKE expedition
he co-founded Native Planet, a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization.
Its mission is to promote cultural preservation and small-scale
cultural tourism as a sustainable development solution by
consulting directly with native communities, producing engaging
documentaries of their lifestyles and promoting their tourism
programs to travelers via a set of online resources. It lists
the needs of specific villages, and connects individuals and
organizations to genuine opportunities to give assistance.
For more information please visit the Native Planet website
of Jean-Philippe by Yumi Soule
J-Philippe’s signature is shooting photos
that tell a story. Unlike many professionals, he prefers candid
shots that capture immediacy and spontaneous emotion of a
moment in lieu of artificial or re-created scenes. His philosophy
is that it is crucial for the photographer to establish communication
and trust with his subjects, especially with Indigenous peoples.
J-Philippe often spends days building rapport and relationships
in a village before shooting his first frames.
As a photographer, J-Philippe will consider all assignments related to world cultures and adventure/leisure travel, especially those with a
focus on indigenous-related topics. His experience guiding in
mountain, jungle and ocean (diving and sea-kayaking) environments, his language skills (English, French, Japanese, Spanish, Indonesian) and his broad network of contacts he
is developing through the Native Planet NGO makes him uniquely qualified to execute photo assignments in areas where
others would have difficulty operating. He considers his most important asset to be his ability to relate to people
from all walks of life and to negotiate his way through
difficult situations, from border crossings to tribal politics.
Photography isn’t just a job, it is a way of life, a way of making friends and in J-Philippe's opinion, the best
kind of international relations.
For periodical or book editors
interested in J-Philippe’s work, contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
often teams with travel writer Luke Shullenberger who is also available for
Jean-Philippe’s Last Work:
The villages of Guatemala
Jean-Philippe’s Future Documentary:
The Color of India
(coming January 2003).
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