About Bachers Blog
I’m Adam Bacher, a free-lance photojournalist, commercial photographer, and humanitarian based in Portland, Oregon. You can see my commercial work at adambacher.com and my humanitarian work at bachersblog.com. I believe we all have the ability to make a positive impact on our planet. As a photographer and small business owner, I’m determined to use to use my experience to make a difference.
Since 2007 I’ve taken month off each year to work in low income countries documenting conditions in the developing world. In October 2007, I traveled to Rwanda for a month, photographing the projects of the Portland based Itafari Foundation, itafari.org. My life perspective was altered. Over the next three years I returned twice to Rwanda, for month long trips documenting the country’s recovery and reconstruction from the genocide in 1994, when one million people were killed in one-hundred days. I currently serve as a board member for the Itafari Foundation, working to inspire and empower every Rwandan to thrive, prosper and serve their community. Itafari is the Rwandan word for brick, and the foundation is working to rebuild the country brick, by brick, by brick.
In November 2011 and again in 2012, I spent a month in Haiti creating a visual record of the Haitian people, as well as the individuals, non-profit groups, and NGO’s working tirelessly to improve living standards on the island. During each visit I spent a week in rural northern Haiti, documenting a mobile medical team from the non-profit Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas. At home I work with HACAOT on marketing and fundraising activities. In Haiti, I’ve also photographed for Mercy Corps, J/P HRO, Foundation L’ Athlitique d’ Haiti, and other organizations. These photos and stories can be seen at portaitsofhaiti.com.
I exhibit and speak nationally, offering provocative visual and journalistic insight into the recovery and reconstruction of both Rwanda and Haiti. A message of hope, peace, diversity and cultural sensitivity has been enthusiastically received at peace conferences, corporate gatherings, public schools, and universities. Telling the stories of people who are not very different from you or me, I present a narrative of Rwandans and Haitians as part of the plurality of our common human identity. We all have similar aspirations for comfortable shelter, full stomachs, steady employment, health care, schooling for our children, and stable relationships. Exposure to other cultures enriches understanding of who we are, expands gratitude for what we have, and connects us to our common humanity.