About Us

Our Mission


The Eye Contact Foundation promotes religious, political, cultural and economic understanding and tolerance among people worldwide through the use of portrait photography.  Its seeds lie in the citizen diplomacy of its founder, Norman H. Gershman, through his years of international humanistic portrait photography, and in the Albanian honor code of Besa, which requires individuals to protect anyone in danger regardless of all religious and political affiliations.  Through its financial support of photographic projects, The Eye Contact Foundation seeks to bring together people of radically diverse backgrounds and beliefs in an effort to advance humanitarianism into the future.