Foto’s Blog: Photo Diplomacy is priceless and ageless

Apr 13, 2013   //   Foto's Blog, Morocco  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Photo Diplomacy is priceless and ageless

Phodographers Brittany and Austin Lane in Marrakech, Morocco, 2013

The teacher wrote Dog Meets World in Arabic and then gifted us the chalkboard.

They two entire classes and their teacher posed in the courtyard, shouting “shokran, skokran, thank you, thank you!”

Discovering Morocco with your dad and grown children is special enough. Adding an afternoon of photo diplomacy, interacting with local Moroccans, visiting a boys orphan home, sharing laughs, practicing Take and Give photography and connecting our cultures….is priceless.

Donald Fuhrman, dad and grandfather of DMW co-founders, immersed himself in the moment and ran the printer. The resident boys got a big kick out of Foto the stuffed dog, watching the process and trying to guess his age. One boy suggested 106 years old. At 82 he is the oldest phoDOGrapher on record! Morocco is the 44th country where Dog Meets World has been practiced. Most boys shook their heads no, when asked if they had a picture of themselves! What did Donald think of the experience?….”amazing to witness unbridled joy!”.

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Praise for DMW

"Participating in Dog Meets World was a truly magical experience, bringing joy and wonderment to all I met."

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

"You will never know just how important that photo will be long after it is taken and given."

Delores Barr Weaver, co-owner Jacksonville Jaguars

"Dog Meets World went over fabulously in my village. It is a perfect option for Peace Corps volunteers like myself. I like the Foto dog mascot, kids like it, and it is a representation of the peace and the ideas of the project."

Kristen Woodruff, Phodographer Costa Rica

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

Marti Johnson, Phodographer Uganda