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This page was created in support of Photographers Without Borders® (PWB)


Changing worlds with photography.

Donors like you have helped photographers fundraise 100% of project-related costs since 2014!

The Power of Visual Communication

Photographers Without Borders (PWB) is a non-profit collective of journalists, photographers, filmmakers and passionate storytellers dedicated to documenting and producing stories and content that inspires understanding of the world. PWB documents efforts by grassroots organizations and NGO's by providing them with captivating images and video, donated to tell their story, raise awareness around their causes and educate through the power of visual communication.

American photographer Gary L. Friedman ( has been selected by Photographers Without Borders to document the achievements of "Hearts for Hue", a humanitarian NGO looking to help rebuilt one of the hardest-hit cities of the Vietnam war.

Friedman's goal with his photography is to raise awareness around humanitarian and environmental issues globally. He focuses on documenting the candid and capturing moments that inspire a call-to-action.  

Photography and filmmaking are valuable ways of communicating messages, sharing perspectives, fostering cross-cultural understanding and inspiring others. - Danielle Da Silva, PWB Co-Founder & CEO

The Story

Founded in 2007, this NGO’s mission is to create a real and lasting positive change for poor residents in Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam. This under-served community includes those living with physical disabilities, mental challenges, families impacted by Agent Orange as well as residents who have been resettled into the area. This NGO provide assistance and support by giving them access to quality education, health care services, equal economic development opportunities, and improved environmental conditions

The Project

While in Vietnam, Friedman will be documenting and creating images that show and tell the stories of families and local communities impacted by the good work of HfH, and to build awareness around the difficulties of life for resettled families. 

Every organization and community, no matter how big or small, has a unique story worth telling.

HfH projects cover a lot of territory, from water supply / sanitation to microfinancing to early childhood education (ensuring that these are systemic solutions and not just bandaids).

Photographer Background

Gary L. Friedman is a professional photographer who has traveled the world with his cameras and runs the stock image website He has also written several highly-acclaimed e-books on digital imaging. His photography and writing has been published in magazines, newspapers, and books worldwide, and he is associate editor of CameraCraft magazine in the UK, the antithesis of your typical photo magazine.  He was also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for building the world's smallest telephone way back in 1980 (before cell phones or cordless phones were around).

Before graduating to photography he was a rocket scientist for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he patented the image authentication system now used in high-end digital cameras from Canon and Nikon.

Gary's best-known works are the 1988 "Peace Child in Latvia", a photojournalistic documentary about a historic exchange between Soviet and American high-school student back in the days of the cold war, and his 2003 China Blog about his adventures teaching English in China. 

What your donations will support

The financial goal covers expenses directly related to the project, which includes cost of PWB project fee, equipment rentals and essentials such as vaccinations, airfare, insurance and visa. As this project is entirely self-funded, your generous support will provide Gary with the opportunity to support HfH in raising awareness and showcasing their generous humanitarian work, story and projects through the power of visual communication. Donations are tax-deductible for the US and Canadians with US income.

All funds raised in addition to our goal will go towards Hearts for Hue organization to support their work.

Please take a moment to support this project today, as well as encourage your network to get on board and spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, a blog post or simply through old school word-of-mouth!

Grab the URL at the top and tweet it, email it, or post it to Facebook and help share this project’s goals. Thanks for reading and for your generous support!

The Perks

When making a donation, please leave a note in the comment box with your name, email, address and selected perk. Perks and donations are listed in US dollars.

Pledge $25 or more

You get a coupon code worth 10% off of all downloadable products.

Pledge $50 or more

A coupon worth 10% of all downloadable products PLUS a free .pdf of "Best of the Blog" and "Best of the Blog 2".

Pledge $100 or more
Personal thank you

Receive a personal thank you e-mail with a photo from the field and a social media shout out. Have your name listed on Gary's blog with thanks for your generous support!

Pledge $200 or more

Receive free access to Gary's highly-acclaimed "High-Impact Photography Seminar", which you can stream in the comfort of your home anywhere in the world.  (Plus a blog shout-out and the resulting fame and fortune!)

Pledge $250 or more

Custom signed 8x12 inch photographic print from Vietnam

Receive a custom signed 8x12 inch photographic print from the project on fine art paper rolled in a tube. You may choose from a selection of images once the project is completed.  (Plus a blog shout-out and the resulting fame and fortune!)

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A free headshot session

Pledge $300 or more

Free family photo session (you'll have to come to Southern California to cash in though...)  (Plus a blog shout-out and the resulting fame and fortune!)

Social Media


INSTAGRAM: @garylfriedman 

Portfolio & Press

Every year, our photographers and videographers donate hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of their time to document the work of grassroots initiatives that are making a real change in this world where it is most needed. By capturing, honouring and witnessing humanity at its best, we are not only inspiring many, but we are forging new narratives of what is and what is possible. 

You can help by supporting our photographers and videographers (See the side bar to the right to see fundraisers for our most recent recruits).

Each of our official photographers/videographers is assigned a GroupRev fundraising page by PWB upon acceptance. These pages are a privilege we offer that are intended to make our programs accessible to all and enable our volunteer photographers/videographers to raise their program fees and subsidize or cover these necessary project-related expenses:

  • Airfare
  • Visa's
  • Vaccinations
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel Insurance

The following expenses are the sole responsibility of the photographer/videographer:

  • Privately arranged travel / Equipment & Equipment Insurance / Software / Extra Baggage Fees / Donation perks / Clothing / Postage/Postcard / Prints / Etc.

Photographers Without Borders® (PWB) envisions a world where we all put ourselves in each others' shoes and work together. Our mission is to inform and inspire positive change by visually communicating the ways that grassroots initiatives are addressing problems in their communities. PWB is registered as a charity in the United States with 501(c)(3) status and is registered as a not-for-profit organization in Canada. All donations are calculated in US Dollars and are tax-deductible for Americans and Canadians with US income.

PWB is not responsible for any donations made outside of these pages.

Any overage amounts raised on GroupRev will be donated with the photographers direction, 100% to the Organization, 100% to PWB or split 50/50, between the photographer's/videographer's assigned cause and PWB, which is also a volunteer-run organization.


Learn more about PWB.

All donations are calculated in US Dollars and are tax-deductible for Americans and Canadians with US income.

John Stevenson
Thanks again Gary.
Well Done!
Bryan T
G'Day Gary My wife and I love this story, and want to thank you for sharing it. You have been a great source of support and learning on my photography journey, and this is a small token of my appreciation for your teaching and your humanity! Kindest Regards Bryan
John Stevenson
Thanks Gary. Best wishes John.
john hannam
Enjoy learning from your posts and appreciate your work with PWB!
Great project. Hope it is/has gone well.
David Friedman $100.00
Gary Friedman $402.00
Valerie Vallas
hi Gary we wish you all the best Valerie, Seth and Yuri
'Good luck Gary and safe travels' Please keep my name anonymous, I would like streamed access to your high impact photography seminar please but no blog 'shout-out' Thank you, Michael E
David red $100.00
Gary, Best wishes on your photographic adventure. Thank you for helping make this a better world. Please keep my name 'shout out'. As a former Kodak engineer, starting nearly fifty years ago, I treasure photography. Thank you. Ken
Lawrence Taube
Gary, It's my pleasure to help you get to Vietnam. What an honor to be chosen by photographers without borders. I know you'll do a great job. I look forward to your photos and stories. Larry
George Payerle
Gary -- thanks for doing this great work! I too was a Big Brother and it is a great organization. I love the idea of PWB. It is an idea I am saving for my retirement! Best to you!
Bruce Silver
What a rewarding experience. You get to give back with your talents. Makes you feel good inside. I like to give back also, having been to Israel twice for a dental volunteer program (DVI), giving free dentistry to underprivileged children in Jerusalem...keep up the good work, Gary!
Joseph Rogers
You go!
Tom Haarman
Great cause Gary, can't think of anyone more qualified to do this. Good luck!
Kathryn Martin
Hi Gary, Have a wonderful experience in Vietnam.
James Modrall
Hi Gary, Have a safe trip and I hope that you will share some of your photos on your blog.
Milton McNatt $25.00
David Hampson
Best of luck, Gary. Wishing you a safe and productive trip. Dave Hampson
Tim Donnelly
Good luck. Sounds like a dream trip. Spent a year in that area in 1970 :()
Randy & Gisela $25.00
Maurice Tucci $25.00
Terry Hewitt
Good luck with it.
Anonymous $20.00
Gary, best of luck on your trip to Viet Nam. I look forward to your blog postings. George Glines
Mr. Ree $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Good work, Sir.
Anonymous $20.00
All the best - Gary Jim and Roz
Ivan Van Laningham
Vietnam vet here. Thanks for doing this.
Gregory J Lay $25.00
B Schleicher
Thanks for all you've contributed to my photographic endeavors over the years.
Fred Saunders
Gary, You have done so much via your books and blogs to improve my photographic experiences. Now I read about your kind and generous heart and it (almost) brought me to tears. Thank you for all you have done and are still doing. Sincerely, Fred Saunders
B Lavér
Good luck!

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