Daily Foto: “Foto” a Diplomat in China with National Geographic Photographer

Sep 16, 2010   //   China, Daily Foto  //  Comments Off on Daily Foto: “Foto” a Diplomat in China with National Geographic Photographer

NEW Phodographer Lou Mazzatenta at Huang Guo Shu Waterfalls in China, Sept. 2010

Lou Mazzatenta is a former photographer and editor for National Geographic . He was an invited guest in China to judge a photo contest. He met this child while touring the “Niagara Falls” of China. While this son of local tourists undoubtedly has photos, having one taken by a foreigner was special and Lou noted that he “still enjoyed playing with Foto for a few moments. Foto, the dog, helped build a little bridge between east and west.”

In general Lou says “Dog Meets World is a wonderful way for travelers of all sort to be engaged with people in the countries they are visiting. In my extensive travels as a photographer and writer for National Geographic magazine, I have witnessed numerous crowds of tourists being herded about by travel agents. The agent spouts canned descriptions of sites being visited. There is little real interaction with locals. The Dog Meets World program is the perfect fix. There is no better or easier way to make immediate friends in a country than by taking their picture and giving it to them.”

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John Carr, Phodographer across South America

"Dog Meets World unleashes the power of photography as a diplomatic and personal tool in building connections among the people of the world. It embeds a memory in photographer and subject alike."

Prof. Patrick Fleming, Fulbright scholar & Phodographer Cambodia & Kyrgzystan

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"The kids are absolutely loving Dog Meets World. For a majority, these were the first images of themselves that they have ever owned."

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