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Danielle Da Silva is the founder of Photographers Without Borders and is a scholar, activist and acclaimed photographer. She graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics after completing an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Psychology and Global Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Her images have been published in places like The Economist and the United Nations HABITAT Handbook. Danielle’s research has been published in reputable peer-reviewed journals as well as the book “Climate Governance in the Developing World.” She speaks more than five languages and has travelled, lived and worked in over 50 countries.
Danielle registered Photographers Without Borders as a not-for-profit organization in Toronto at the age of 21. Photographers Without Borders envisions a world where we all put ourselves in each others’ shoes and work together to make the world a better place.
The organization’s mission is to inform and inspire positive change by visually communicating the ways that grassroots initiatives are addressing problems in their communities. By capturing, honouring and witnessing humanity at its best, they are forging new, tangible narratives of what is possible. The organization is over 500 members strong, has worked in over 18 countries and completed over 40 projects to date.
Paul was excited to talk to Danielle about her love for travel, the power and narrative behind images and what led her to starting Photographers Without Borders. Watch Danielle’s Tedx Talk below: