Robert X. Fogarty

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Robert X. Fogarty
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Born1983 (age 38–39)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationDegree in journalism
Alma materUniversity of Oregon
  • Photographer
  • Advocate
  • Volunteer organizer
Known forDear World photography
Notable work
Evacuation statues in New Orleans

Robert X. Fogarty is a photographer, advocate, and volunteer organizer. He facilitated evacuation landmarks in New Orleans called Evacuspots and started the "Dear World" photography movement.[1]

Early life and education

Fogarty was born in 1983 and grew up in Nebraska.[1] He earned a degree in journalism at the University of Oregon, where he graduated in 2005.[1][2] His interest in New Orleans began that year, when it was hit by Hurricane Katrina.[2]


Hurricane preparation

After graduating, Fogarty worked as a recruiter for financial institutions in New York City.[1] In 2007, Fogarty abandoned corporate work and moved to New Orleans to serve as a volunteer for AmeriCorps.[1] While there, he helped organize the evacuation of New Orleans for Hurricane Gustav.[1][2][3]

After Fogarty's contract with AmeriCorps expired, he started, a non-profit that helps the city of New Orleans train volunteers to prepare the city for environmental disasters.[1] He organized parties and parades at the start and end of hurricane season to raise awareness for hurricane preparation.[3] The organization erected statues marking evacuation pickup points called "Evacuspots."[1] Fogarty took no salary for his role at[1]

Dear world

Fogarty started the "Dear World" movement in 2009 when he started facilitating photos of people with messages written on their bodies explaining what they love about New Orleans.[2] The effort was initially called "Dear Orleans" and was in preparation for the then-upcoming Super Bowl.[2] Fogarty was inspired by a photo of a man with "cancer free" written on his throat[4] and renamed the movement "Dear World."[2]

As of 2020, Dear World has photographed 150,000 people in a similar style.[2] Fogarty travels the world to take Dear World photographs at refugee sites, natural disasters, and war zones.[2][5] He also became a public speaker for corporate events and universities.[4] For example, he's given speeches for Stanford University and Harvard University.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Thier, Dave (March 7, 2012). "New Orleans Volunteers Promote Hurricane Awareness". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Grace, Erin (February 25, 2020). "Grace: How this Omaha native tells stories with black marker and a camera". Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Watson, R.R.; Tabor, J.A.; Ehiri, J.E.; Preedy, V.R. (2015). Handbook of public health in natural disasters: Nutrition, food, remediation and preparation. Human health handbooks. Wageningen Academic Publishers. p. 31. ISBN 978-90-8686-806-3. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Brown, Joel (June 6, 2013). "Photographer to create tableau of body writings". Boston Globe. p. REG.1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Woolington, Josephine (May 3, 2013). "People Pictures". The Register. p. A.1.

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