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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Photographers join together to help raise Funds for #YolandaPH

Photo: Philippe Lopez/Agence France-Presse

Almost 100 images are up for sale for tomorrow's "Photographers for Yolanda" an exhibition cum fundraising event for the benefit of Yolanda Survivors, through the select charities that had been indentified by the organizers of said event.

Starting bids on some images are as low as P2,000 and up to P 15,000 for more established artists. Starting bids for Marissa Roth's print is pegged at P8,000 while Philippe Lopez' 24x40 inches framed print of his iconic photo above starts at P20,000. Exhibition catalogue can be downloaded here.

Among the photographers who will be participating are Marissa Roth, Philippe Lopez, Alex Baluyut, Peter O'Driscoll, Rick Rocamora, John Javellana, Andy Maluche, Veejay Villafranca, Luis Liwanag, Jake Versoza, Carlo Gabuco, Carsten Stormer, Manny Librodo, Francisco Guerrero, Steve De Neef, Edwin Tuyay, Dennis Rito, among others. (Please see related blog post here)

Photographers for Yolanda (Haiyan)
1335 Mabini Space for Contemporary Art, 1335 A Mabini St, Ermita, Manila 
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Reception 5:00 pm / Auction 7:30 pm

For updates, visit:
Photographers for Yolanda FB Page

Friday, October 25, 2013

Maybank Photography Awards 2013

The Maybank Photography Awards 2013 is a photo competition of epic proportion with regional submissions from all over Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia & Singapore!

Submit your work for the opportunity to win a Leica X Vario, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and USD35, 000 worth of prizes and the coveted title of Maybank's Photographer of the Year!

Themed "Inspiring Asia", MayBank is looking for the best photographers in Southeast Asia. Featuring renowned judges like (from left) Ming Thein, RaghuRai, Mike Yamashita, Jim Liaw and Manny Librodo, this is your chance to have your work judged by some of the best photographers in the world

Hurry! Only ONE WEEK is left till 31st October, submit your photos at! Remember that this contest is open whether you're a pro, hobbyist or amateur. Join now and good luck!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

German Photo Book Award 2013 (Manila)

German Photo Book Award 2013 
Photo Book Exhibition (Manila)
07 to 23 August (opening on August 7 at 3pm) 
Learning Commons, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila

Since more than 30 years the Association of Publishers and Booksellers in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, has annually awarded the German Photo Book Award. First it was known as the Kodak Photo Book Award with Kodak company as sponsor. Since 2005 the Association of Publishers and Booksellers has been organizing this award as the German Photo Book Award.

The German Photo Book Award is given in three categories:
  • photo/illustrated books
  • photo-textbooks
  • photo history / photo theory
The award is presented for special performances of photographers, composers and editors, who have solved a conceptual formulation in an excellent way. For evaluation, criteria like photographic quality, aesthetic overall impression, as well as technical photographic and historic performance are considered.

The German Photo Book Award is awarded in three categories:
  • Winner “Gold”
  • Winner “Silver”
  • Nominee
An independent jury, composed of specialized journalists, photographers, art-directors, and so on, chooses the “Nominees” from all the books submitted. From these chosen oeuvres the jury elects in further sessions the winner titles (Gold and Silver).

Goethe-Institut Philippinen presents the winners of this years‘ Photo Book Awards at the Learning Commons, De La Salle University. Among the 5 gold winning titles and 17 silver titles, another 170 nominees will also be shown.

As a complimentary event, an Art Talk on the “New Philippine Photography" by Estan Cabigas will also be held during the opening of the exhibition on August 7, 2013 at 3:00pm.

To confirm your attendance for the opening ceremony, please fill out our online form. For further inquiries, you may contact the following:

Public Programs Librarian
The Learning Commons
De La Salle University
5F Henry Sy, Sr. Hall
Tel. No.: 524 46 11 ext. 600

Goethe-Institut Philippinen
+632 8405723-24

Friday, June 14, 2013

Art Market at Empty Quarter Gallery

In case you’re in Dubai, please visit Empty Quarter Gallery‘s Art Market, where some of my work from the Home Sweet Home series was included. Art market is a collective show of some of the best works Empty Quarter have exhibited. The show was curated to reflect The Empty Quarter’s success over the years, and to show some of the gallery’s most renowned works.

Please see exhibit details here.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Photographic Memories

Photographic Memories
Wig Tysmans
27 April to 26 May 2013
Print Gallery, BenCab Museum
Km 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Bnguet

Veteran photographer Wig Tysmans showcases some 30 images taken more or less 30 years ago in "Photographic Memories" at the BenCab Museum. The retrospective exhibit includes black and white photos of iconic structures such as Bantay Church and Baguio Cathedral.

For more information, call (074) 4427165 or email

Visit: BenCab Museum Website

The Last Pine Tree

The Last Pine Tree 
Kat Palasi April
25 – May 20, 2013 
3rd Floor Galleries 
UP Vargas Museum 
Opening Reception: 4PM, April 25

By using photography to highlight issues that are close to her heart, Kat Palasi’s The Last Pine Tree portrays the face of industry through a story of dispossession. In Palasi’s words, the people of Benguet province have become “disenfranchised by the many ‘development’ projects that have been imposed on them for many decades”.

Compared with the other provinces in the Cordilleras, Benguet has the most degraded land and the least amount of forest cover, both on account of a long history of mining. As a child in Itogon (a municipality of Benguet), Palasi recalls playing with the colored stones in a grey river, not realizing that the water had turned grey because of the mines in the mountains.

The Last Pine Tree is the result of Palasi’s many other realizations about heritage and preservation in the midst of massive development. In this series, she shows how land, language, and customs become “special pockets of resistance” through which an indigenous culture struggles to stay alive, even as it is pushed towards the margins. Through her work as a photographer and outdoor enthusiast, Palasi attempts to reinforce these narratives surrounding Benguet cultures that are slowly being eroded—as is the case with the patrimony of many indigenous peoples everywhere. This project is sponsored by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development.

Visit: Kat Palasi Website

Friday, April 5, 2013

Ulrike Ottinger - Photo Exhibition

Ulrike Ottinger - Photo Exhibition
11 April to 10 May 2013
Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza
cor. Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City
 +632 8405723 to 24

The exhibition is featuring the exemplary works of Ulrike Ottinger, one of the most self-willed German filmmakers of international stature that has transcended the edge of diverse art disciplines – from being a photographer to a film-maker. Ottinger’s photographic works vary from surreal theatrical scenes to ethnological depiction, her creative phases reflecting the clash between documentary and staged photography that best characterizes her work. The exhibition is accompanied by her latest film “Under Snow” (2011) set in Echigo, Japan, which portrays a snow-covered world in remarkable contrast to the Philippines’s lush tropical scenery

Ulrike Ottinger does not pretend to deliver a neutral image. Her subjective view and the focus of her camera are distinct in these photographs. The juxtaposition of fright and beauty, lust for life and mental abyss are present in all of the works.
While her large-format photographs often correspond to her film works, they still have their very own visual accents, focusing on China and Mongolia, places which Ottinger visited frequently. In the center of her images are the outlandish, the offbeat and the grotesque. The construction of images is often arranged very precisely yet maintaining the power to trigger fear and joy at the same time.

Organized by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the “Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen” this exhibition has been on tour around the world since 2012 as a part of the exhibition series “film.kunst”. The exhibition has been featured in Mexico, Belgrade, Ankara, Istanbul, Helsinki, Brussels, Madrid, Tel Aviv, and Vietnam amongst others.

Her films as well as her photographic works have been shown in numerous retrospectives and exhibitions, including at the Venice Biennale (1980), the Cinémathèque française, Paris (1980, 1982), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000, 2004) and at the Kunst-Werke Berlin (2001).

Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues in Makati. Museum hours are from Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234 or visit

Friday, March 29, 2013

Obscura Festival

OBSCURA Photo Festival 
June 21 to 30 2013.
Georgetown Penang, Malaysia

OBSCURA Festival is an international photography festival that features Asian stories through Asian photographers. It aims to showcase the best of Asian photography to the world, and also bring the finest photographic works from around the globe to the Asian audience.

OBSCURA Festival is a unique platform for exchange, education and networking. These goals are achieved through an exciting programme of exhibitions, workshops, talks, screenings and portfolio reviews.

The first of its kind in Malaysia, OBSCURA Festival will bring focus to landmark works of some of the most promising Asian photographers. At the same time,  it aspires to champion a healthy discourse, using photographs to emphasize the preservation of culture and heritage.

Our long term aim is to exist beyond the festival; to nurture and support Asian photography and the continued telling of Asian stories through them.

Follow OBSCURA Photo Festival via their website, Facebook Page & Twitter.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

RJ Fernandez' Moving Mountains

The Moving Mountains project came about from personal research on the mining situation in the Philippines. I wanted to do something in the Cordilleras, specifically in and around Baguio as I've always had an affinity with the place. Most of the areas I photographed in were around 40 minutes from the city centre. Baguio to me is a bit like the wild wild west: cowboys and indians, mining, gold panning, undercurrents of American influence whilst at the same time retaining a tribal identity. It's a fascinating place.

The photos were shot both on a 5x4 and 120 format. I have always shot on film so there was no question about how I would do it- it was mainly an issue of how I was going to take the film back. I had to process in Baguio and Manila because airport x-rays. If in London, I would process myself. I shot in black and whites as well and processed myself or with the help of Tommy Hafalla in Baguio. I was assisted by my good friend Ruel Bimuyag. He helped me immensely and I was able to navigate the language barrier as he explained what I wanted to do quite well. 

In London, I work with an amazing printer called Brian Dowling. We mainly work together on other photographers images at a place called BDI- I work as a retoucher and colour grader. Moving Mountains was printed by him. He has an amazing feel for images, and he responds to them in such a way that no other person in the world does. He has years of experience printing for the best photographers in the world, a wealth of knowledge and an all around nice guy. Having an amazing printer is priceless. - RJ Fermamdez

RJ Fernandez' Moving Mountains was included in the Format 13 Exposure 2013.

Please see RJ Fernandez' Moving Mountains series via her website.
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