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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Capture Nature: An Environmental Photography Competition

Open to youths of 18 to 25 years old
Submission date: 15 April - 31st May 2008

Submit your photos with a paragraph of approximately 100-150 words of description:

Grand prize: 2000 USD
1st Runner-up: 1000 USD
2nd Runner-up: 800 USD
Consolation Prizes (10): 100 USD

For the complete competition rules and application form, click here.

Zone V Camera Club Sees Red

Digital Exchange, Glorietta 3, Ayala center, Makati
April 26, 2008 thru May 4,2008

For their 30th anniversary exhibit, the Zone Five Camera Club has chosen to see red. Combining their eye for composition with the technology available, the resulting images bring out the power of red. Black and White photographs are given a red element creating a striking statement drawing the viewer into a new way of looking at things. As the tools available to photographers improve, the possible variations are only limited by the imagination.

The title of the exhibit probably says it all. Zone Five sees red. But they are not angry. Not at all. They are just seeing red. They hope you see red as well. Zone Five Sees Red: an exhibit of black and white images with a splash of red.

To know more, visit Anton Sheker's blog.

Monday, April 21, 2008

WILL WORK 4 FOOD: A Photo Exhibit by Steve Tirona

Steve Tirona
Curated by Adeline Ooi

6pm on April 24, 2008 - May 24, 2008

Will Work 4 Food began in 2005 with a simple aim to take “snapshots” of the nascent but exciting days of Manila's alternative contemporary art scene. Three years on, the careers of a number of the individuals pictured here have matured. Many are now making names for themselves as some of the Philippines' most promising and exciting young contemporary artists. This ‘family tree' reads like the tangled streets we traverse on daily. Whether working together as members of a collective, setting up exhibition venues of their own, or quietly working on their obsessions, their energy is inspiring, their enthusiasm and determination to continually provoke and play, to experiment and reinvent.

Born in Manila in 1976, Steve Tirona was raised in Southern California and calls Los Angeles his hometown. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Photography from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1996, Tirona went on to taking pictures professionally in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. His past work includes Rage Against the Machine's Battle of Los Angeles album as well as the photographs for the movie Adaptation . His unorthodox vision and style of photography have garnered the respect and admiration of his peers and the creative industry as a whole. Steve is now based in Manila.

This project has been supported by The Nippon Foundation Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship grant.

Accompanying Will Work 4 Food are Saturday Gallery Activities , all from 3-5pm:
  • April 26-Gallery Talk by Curator Adeline Ooi
  • May 3-Artist Talk by Steve Tirona
  • May 24- Closing party, 6pm
Visit silverlens gallery at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 816-0044, Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7 pm, Saturday 1–6pm.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Watch Lomo Slideshows @ LomoManila's 4 on the Floor

Warehouse 135
135 Yakal St., Makati City (near Makati Fire Station)
April 19, 2008 @ 8PM

Free entrance till 11 pm only! Bring your LOMO/Film Camera from 8-10 pm and get a free drink.

For details, click here.

Old Manila Photo Walk

April 19, 2008 (Saturday)
Meeting place: Tropical Hut Mendiola cor. Legarda, 9:30 - 10AM


Sta Cruz
Ongpin-Binondo (Lunch)

All street photographers are welcome to join. For more details, feel free to contact Chris/ Leon at 0917-3877540

Thursday, April 17, 2008

100 X France: Exhibit on French Photography, its history and its techniques

One can understand here the emotion felt by the whole world on discovering photography: a dream becoming reality. This exhibition tells a story that began officially in 1839 in Paris, and continues up to today’s conceptual photography. Straddling art and science, photography cannot be understood without an understanding of its technique. Each of these prints is accompanied by a text about the history of the photograph and the photographer, telling us also about France and the French, and Paris.

More info, click here.

In memory of Janine Niépce (†)

"What the photographer reproduces infinitely, only takes place once: it repeats mechanically things that could never be repeated existentially" wrote the philosopher Roland Barthes. One can understand here the emotion felt by the whole world on discovering photography: a dream becoming reality. This exhibition tells a story that began officially in 1839 in Paris, and continues up to today’s conceptual photography.

The hundred or so works presented have been chosen out of thousands of prints from the French National Library, the Musée d’Orsay and the Pompidou Centre in Paris (among the most important public collections in the world) in addition to prints borrowed from private collectors, and photographers or their descendants. Each of these prints is accompanied by a text about the history of the photograph and the photographer, telling us also about France and the French, and Paris. Choosing a single work by each artist has enabled us to show, alongside geniuses such as Nicéphore Niépce, Adolphe Humbert de Molard, Eugène Cuvellier, the Bisson brothers or Eugène Atget, artists that are all too rarely exhibited such as Édouard Baldus, Charles Marville or Auguste Collard. There are prints by anonymous amateurs and also famous names such as Jacques Henri Lartigue or Count Robert de Montesquiou.

However, photography cannot be understood without an understanding of its technique. In the beginning, it developed slowly by rich inventors with a passion for photography. With the evolution of techniques (reproductibility of prints, shortening of exposure time…), it was commercialised by talented photographers such as Félix Nadar or Mayer and Pierson. A tool for imperial propaganda under Napoleon III (1852-1870), it bore witness to the continuing changes of a constantly mutating society: urban (major building works in Paris), political (the Commune), and social (the rural exodus).

But photography also straddles both art and science. In 1839, the minister and scholar François Arago predicted a scientific role for it. "The Repertory of Images", can be sorted, classified, compared, and analysed by the astronomer Henry brothers, Alphonse Bertillon, founder of the Parisian Legal Identity service, the psychiatrist Dr Raviart or the physiologist Jules Marey. Another physiologist, Duchenne de Boulogne wanted to give his "repertory of expressions" to the students at the Paris École des Beaux-Arts.

Nevertheless, the extraordinary French photographers such as Charles Nègre and Gustave Le Gray had been also painters. Respected artists like Eugène Delacroix or Edgar Degas used it to build a "repertory of iconographic poses".

At the beginning of the 20th century, pictorialists such as Constant Puyo were hoping to find through the composition of their work and by elements added during printing, a result close to painting. After the chaos of the First World War, Surrealists played with technical experiments. With Man Ray, Dora Maar or Raoul Ubac, photography was no longer the "representation" but also the "purpose" of the creation.

However, after 1930, humanist photographers such as Brassaï, André Kertész and Robert Doisneau went looking for a poetic Paris. The one inhabited by kids, louts and lovers. With the growth of the press, Janine Niépce and Sabine Weiss became photo-reporters, covering political and social news. Photography is omnipresent in magazines and books. It covers walls as posters. Fashion photographer Frank Horvat prefers the street to a studio. There are more and more agencies. Amongst the founders of the Magnum agency in 1947, Henri Cartier-Bresson hunted down the "decisive moment". Alongside Martine Franck or Raymond Depardon, the photographer directly controlled the use and commercialisation of his work. "Photojournalist", Gilles Caron covered the latest news. Jeanloup Sieff scattered his photographs like little stones tracing his personal story. Agnès Varda immortalised Gérard Philipe on stage at the Avignon Festival before concentrating on "contemporary" creation.

In the last quarter of the 20th century, there is only a small step to take from photography to plastic arts. With Valérie Belin, Bernard Faucon, Patrick Tosani and Frank Perrin, photography also becomes a creative media, used by conceptual artists. In her description of society, Valérie Jouve transforms it using computer technology. She is "the memory" with Georges Rousse and Bernard Plossu. Jean-Marc Bustamante transforms it into "tableaux" in his installations. As for Bertrand Lavier, photography is only one creative tool among many others.
This exhibition wishes to underline the extraordinary vitality of a creative art started in France less than two centuries ago. It also wants to enable all of us to tell our own stories.
"Photography does not (necessarily) say what is no longer, but only and certainly what was" Roland Barthes, La Chambre claire. Note sur la photographie, 1980.

Sophie Schmit
Curator of the exhibition

Note: for reasons of conservation, old proofs are presented as modern exhibition prints made and supervised by the owners of the originals.

From: Alliance Francaise De Manille

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

My Story in Lomography - A Lomographic Group Exhibit

Experience modern-day story telling in My Story in Lomography—a Lomographic exhibition by Team Manila featuring square-format photography by emerging local lomographers.

The said exhibition focuses on the sundry persons which comprise the community that is bound by one love and passion that is Lomography. From random quirks to the most heartfelt emotions, My Story in Lomography shares with us minutes and fragments of these people’s lives through sets and series of lomographs.

So take a glimpse into their world. Flip through the pages of their diverse yet somehow intertwined lives within and beyond Lomography.

Exhibit opens on the 25th of April, 7pm at Lomographic Embassy Manila
(146B Jupiter Ave. Makati City, Philippines)

For further details visit:

Lecture on Tips On Winning A Photo Contest

OWG will conduct FREE lecture on Tips On Winning A Photo Contest

There will be a slide presentation and informal lecture that will be conducted by the award-winning Artist/Photographer Ross Capili. There will also be a short presentation on the hazards of tobacco smoking.

A Computer will be set for those who want to tweak their images to be submitted in the 'Beyond the Stick Photo Contest' based on the lectures conducted.

It will start from 1pm-3pm April 19,2008 here at OneWorkshop Gallery.

See you here!
G/f 2241 La Fuerza Plaza II, Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Sabio St. Makati City 1200 Philippines

Call Liza or Mario Mundo @ 8105094 or email @

Join a National Geographic on-assignment photographer in the Australian Outback!

Image courtesy of WorldNomads Website

Applications close: June 30, 2008

World Nomads & National Geographic Channel are giving one exceptional student the chance to go on assignment with renowned wildlife photographer Jason Edwards!

The brief is to photograph the Arid Lands Festival and The Great Hughenden Endurance Camel Race - a 160 km camel endurance race run in the stunningly beautiful area of Porcupine Gorge in Outback Queensland, Australia.

As part of this assignment, you will work alongside and receive mentorship from Jason Edwards, gaining valuable hands-on experience in everything from shot set up, technique and composition through to insights into his many years of diverse experience as an award winning photographer.

To help you take professional photos, the scholarship recipient will receive an Olympus E3 digital camera with 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 Standard Wide Zoom Lens plus a new Lenovo Ideapad Y-510 laptop computer to store your photos and keep your journal.

The scholarship recipient's top photos will be published on the National Geographic Channel's website where they will be viewed by thousands of travellers world wide and offer you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get your foot in the door of one of the most revered exploration organisations in the world!

The Scholarship also includes airfares from your nearest international airport, accommodation, travel insurance, visa costs and per diems.

Highly regarded for his wildlife and remote landscape photography, Jason Edwards is represented by National Geographic Image Collection.

To know more about the Travel Photography Scholarship 2008, click here.
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