Dear World

To continue writing about the new products and vendors we learned of at The Special Events Conference in Chicago last month- here is one that really caught our eye, Dear World! We would love to incorporate this into one of our future events.

Robert X. Fogarty’s Dear World unites people through his distinct message-on-skin portrait style. Subjects are asked to share a short message that matters to them regardless of race, religion or language. What is your love note to the world?

Robert X. Fogarty’s distinct portraits have been called a “loudspeaker for the world.”

The project began as a photographic love note to New Orleans and he recognized that his distinct portraits could take on more stories regardless of religion, race or language. He has photographed thousands including survivors of major disasters
as well as recognizable people like Susan Sarandon, Elle Macpherson, Deepak Chopra and Drew Brees.

Fogarty’s Dear World keynote and photos shoot explores the subtle and powerful connections that colleagues, clients and staff have at events and conventions across the country. The award-winning interactive event brings Fogarty to photograph attendees over one or a series of days and culminates with a participatory and emotionally stimulating keynote address.

He’s worked with organizations and universities large and small including American Express and Southwest Airlines and at Stanford, Harvard and Georgetown.


Here is one testimonial from his website:

“Bringing Robert to Southwest’s headquarters was an amazing experience that our employees loved,” says Marilee McInnis, Sr. Manager, Culture & Communication at Southwest Airlines. “His moving and emotional portraits were an exercise in not only team building and helped put to some of our employees and efforts that otherwise may have gone unnoticed.”