Local photographer, lawyer and teacher, Donald VishIn pursuing his pledge to make Louisville a more caring city, Mayor Greg Fischer signed a resolution in November 2011 committing the city to a multi-year Compassionate Louisville campaign. This resolution means Louisville is recognized as an international compassionate city, and the largest city with this distinction in America.

Compassionate Louisville’s call to action is simple: Identify and encourage compassionate actions from citizens, organizations, businesses and faith communities.

The organization is nurturing its vision by recognizing community members who are making an impact by naming their first Compassion Laureate, someone who embodies the practice of compassion in some area of study or endeavor. The first recipient is local photographer Donald Vish.

By Don Vish

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Vish is regionally recognized for the reflective, compassionate quality of his images, many of which benefit nonprofit organizations. He was the official photographer for the Drepung Gomang Institute during the Dalai Lama’s 2013 visit to Louisville, and his nature photography taken over four seasons in Louisville parks is now being installed in Norton Hospitals.

In addition to being a photographer, Vish is a lawyer with Middleton Reutlinger, and a teacher. For five years he has taught photography to at-risk inner city children at St. George’s Community Center in Louisville. He is also the executive director and board member of the J & L Foundation.

Vish was recognized during a special ceremony at the Clifton Center Thursday evening.

Visit Vish’s Compassionate Louisville album on Flickr to view his photography.