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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Pitik 6: Forum in Photojournalism - Watching Olympics

The Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University
in cooperation with the Confucius Institute
invites you to

Pitik 6:  Forum in Photojournalism
Watching Olympics
China through the lens of mobile journalists

Speaker: D J Clark

Tuesday, 30 September 2008, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Case Study Room, Social Sciences Building
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

During the 2008 Olympic Games D J Clark set off around China to discover why the sporting event was so important for the Chinese. He was part of an experiment that brought together Chinese and international mobile journalists producing daily videos for USA Today and the Chinese Financial Times that sought to challenge the more singular perspectives of both American and Chinese media. This short lecture reflects on the experiment in relation to current journalism critiques of both American and Chinese media. It also explores the changing global visual media economy and discusses its potential to offer a more rounded understanding of international news events.  

DJ Clark has worked worldwide as a photojournalist for more than 15 years. He specializes in working with international development NGO's to highlight social, political and environmental issues through long term photography projects. Clark also researches, writes and lectures about photography as a vehicle for social change, the subject that drives both his photographic and academic work. He has been a consultant and faculty member of the ACFJ photojournalism program since its inception and he currently runs the University of Bolton, UK, MA Photography (international photojournalism, documentary and travel photography) course at Dalian Image Art College in China, where he also lives.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

CCP: Practical Guide to Travel Photography

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Practical Guide to Travel Photography
A lecture by Tilak Hettige
5/F Walter Mart, Pasong Tamo (front of Don Bosco)
Makati City
October 18, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Copyright and 'Copy Left' Forum at Vargas Museum (Open to the Public)

Copyright and 'Copy Left' Forum: 
Issues and the Perspective on the Enforcement of the Intellectual Property Code in Philippine Visual Arts
September 24, 2008 (Thursday), 2:00 pm
Lobby of Jorge B. Vargas Museum

This is a very short notice but thanks to Isa Silva of Gray Area Studios for the heads up.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Isa Lorenzo, 003: The Moro Negatives

Isa Lorenzo, 003: The Moro Negatives
October 1 - November 15, 2008
Opening reception: 6pm on October 1, Wednesday

Silverlens Gallery celebrates is second year with the third solo show of Isa Lorenzo called Isa Lorenzo, 003: The Moro Negatives. The opening reception will be on October 1, 2008 at 6 pm. It kicks off a month of celebration to be followed by the October 16th opening of the SLAB (Silverlens Lab) Gallery, the next space under the Silverlens Group committed to showing painting, drawing, and sculpture, with painter Patricia Eustaquio.

In The Moro Negatives, Lorenzo returns to the darkroom continuing her multi-negative collages which she began in Isa Lorenzo, 001. This time however, she brings together found negatives of her late father, Luis “Moro” Lorenzo—his life as a young man in the Mindanao of the ‘50s, the architecture of the ‘60s, and the recording of a growing family shuttling between Luzon and Mindanao in the ‘70s—and her own photos of the homes that he built still in existence. Each image brings together circumstances decades apart, and is titled by the year of the Moro Lorenzo negative.

Moro Lorenzo passed away in 1997. In his lifetime, he was a basketball icon, a farmer, a businessman, a patriarch, and a golfer. His passing was the first step in his daughter’s journey into art, a path that was in hindsight bequeathed to her by her father who played the role of designated photographer at every celebration, vacation, and historical event.

Isa Lorenzo (b.1974, Manila) is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. She hung up her stethoscope upon passing the board exams to start her life in art. She finished a Masters Degree in Media Studies and Photography at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and worked at the International Center of Photography in the same city. Since then, she has founded the Silverlens Gallery, the Silverlens Foundation, and SLab. For her own art, she has published two books of her work and has shown in Paris, Brussels, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, and soon, Cologne.

There will be a talk on “Demystifying Mindanao” by publisher and environmentalist Lory Tan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 3-5 pm and an artist talk by Isa Lorenzo on Saturday Oct. 25, also from 3-5pm. Isa Lorenzo,003: The Moro Negatives runs until Nov. 15, 2008.

For inquiries visit Silverlens Gallery at 2/F YMC Bldg. 2, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 816-0044, 0905-2650873, Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7 pm, Saturday 1–6pm. 

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Litrato: Postcards from the Light

LITRATO: Postcards from the Light
{A Lomomanila Exhibit}
September 27 to October 31, 2008
The Oarhouse at 1803 Mabini Street, Malate, Manila

A photograph is a scribble of light. A passage of immediacy from the infinite stream of moments. A postcard from ephemeral light. Lomomanila mounts a photographic exhibition exemplifying the timely and timeless qualities of black and white analog photography. Displayed in the memorable hole-in-the-wall called The Oarhouse, this photo exhibition is a humble ode to the visionaries of bohemian Malate.

Exhibit opening: September 27 (Saturday), 8:00PM.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Travel Factor's Photoholic Ilocos: A Travel Photography Workshop

Travel Factor's Photoholic Ilocos: A Travel Photography Workshop
Nov. 29-December 1, 2008

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Photographs: From Concept to Realization - The Emmanuel Santos Workshop

Photographs: From Concept to Realization
The Emmanuel Santos Workshop

October 3, Friday, 6-8pm
October 4, Saturday, 3-5pm
30 slots available 
Registration Fee: PHP 5,000.00

Emmanuel Santos was born in the Philippines in 1957 and migrated to Melbourne in 1982. A photo essayist specializing in areas of ethnology, spirituality and social documentary, Santos began his photographic career working for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Singapore, Japan, Belguim, France, the Ukraine, Israel and Brazil. His work is widely collected and published worldwide. In May 2008, his series of 38 photographs, The Passing of Light was sold at the Christie’s Southeast Asian Contemporary Auction, breaking records in Philippine photography.
In his workshop with slideshow and lectures, Santos will discuss the process of Passive (concept) and Active (realization) in creative image making through photography. In it, he will share his insights on inspiration and the whole creative process involved in creating bodies of works. There are no prerequisites to join the series but an interest in photography and image-making are necessary. Slots are limited.

To register call 8160044 or 09052650873, or email 50% reservation fee required. Balance due on the first day of the workshop. All classes are held at Silverlens Gallery, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

IDNClub Philippines' Pasig River Photo Safari

IDN Club Philippines invites you to Pasig River Photo Safari
Take your photos drom Escolta to Guadalupe

September 27, 2008
3PM at Escolta Terminal, Pasig River Ferry
(near Jones Bridge, Binondo side)

For inquiries, email- or call (02) 994-2832/ 0920-2250080

Monday, September 15, 2008

Senate Bill No. 2464: Anti-Obscenity and Pornography Bill

Courtesy of Mr. John Silva

While it has the loftiest intentions "to give special value to the dignity of every human person and to promote and safeguard its integrity and the moral, spiritual and social well-being of its citizenry," I find it unsettling to see how this Bill defined obscenity and pornography and encompasses almost everything. Look at how the proposed Bill define obscene and pornography :

(a) "Obscene" refers to anything that is indecent or offensive or contrary to good customs or religious beliefs, principles or doctrines, or tends to corrupt or deprave the human mind, or is calculated to excite impure thoughts or arouse prurient interest, or violates the proprieties of language and human behavior, regardless of the motive of the producer, printer, publisher, writer, importer, seller, distributor or exhibitor such as, but not limited to:

(1) showing, depicting or describing sexual acts;
(2) showing, depicting or describing human sexual organs or the
(3) showing, depicting or describing completely nude human
(4) describing erotic reactions, feelings or experiences on sexual female breasts; bodies; acts; or
(5) performing live sexual acts of whatever form.

(b) "Pornographic or pornography" refers to objects or subjects of film, television shows, photography, illustrations, music, games, paintings, drawings, illustrations, advertisements, writings, literature or narratives, contained in any format, whether audio or visual, still or moving pictures, in all forms of film, print, electronic, outdoor or broadcast mass media, or whatever future technologies to be developed, which are calculated to excite, stimulate or arouse impure thoughts and prurient interest, regardless of the motive of the author thereof...

Continue reading here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

OLD MAGIC: A Foto Baryo Group Exhibit of Polaroid Manipulated Photographs

One Workshop Gallery, Ground Floor 2241 La Fuerza Plaza II, 
Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Sabio St., Makati City
October 07 to November 07, 2008

Maverick photography group Foto Baryo works their unique brand of “Old Magic,” an exhibition of rare Polaroid photos at One Workshop Gallery. Opening on October 7, 2008, “Old Magic” features a collection of photographs taken with a vintage Polaroid SX-70. Photographers then manipulated each photograph manually using techniques such as tracing with a plastic fork.

No longer manufactured today, the Polaroid camera used for “Old Magic” is owned by Foto Baryo founder Fernando Afable. Apart from producing his own photographs for the exhibition, Afable shared his beloved camera and Polaroid manipulation techniques with close friends and Foto Baryo volunteers Amor Rodriguez, Cres Yulo, Pinky Urmaza, Tommy Hafalla and Vixienne Cululut.

With Afable's injunction to “Go out, shoot and enjoy,” these photographers went out to take Polaroid pictures of personal significance, while having fun during every step of the point-and-shoot and scratch-the-surface process. As Rodriguez put it, “I was like a kid with a new toy and I lugged the thing everywhere I went.” Yulo likewise felt “like a child on a “secret mission”—to find a subject matter interesting enough to shoot, and to change it into a whole new image.”

For Urmaza, the photos at “Old Magic” are her “records of trips, both near and far; some are journeys inward, as I discovered more about myself in each shape and colour I have scratched and traced.” For his part, Hafalla sees Polaroids as a method that “gave me a chance to express my frustration to be a painter...I started creating my own painting through a lens... with just a few pieces (that) fulfilled my long-forgotten dream to paint with light.” Cululut, who describes Polaroid manipulation as “giving the picture a Van Gogh-ish look with the use of a stylus,” says her pictures “bear a myriad of emotions, foremost of which is the spirit of generosity shown by friends.”

As the brainchild of Fernando Afable, Foto Baryo is the result of the dreams and the life's work of a man who worked his way up from humble origins in Tanauan to become Darkroom Manager of the prestigious International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York City. Wishing to nurture a Filipino version of the ICP back home, Afable founded Foto Baryo in order to raise local awareness of the beauty of photography. From the first year of its inception, Foto Baryo has spread the word to over a hundred photo enthusiasts around the country. Since its first landmark exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), One Workshop Gallery has always supported Foto Baryo and Afable's vision of a community sharing ideas, knowledge, art and culture.

“Old Magic” by Foto Baryo runs until November 7, 2008 at the One Workshop Gallery, Ground Floor 2241 La Fuerza Plaza II, Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Sabio St., Makati City. Gallery hours are from 10am to 7pm daily except Sundays. For inquiries, call or fax 819-2074, e-mail, or visit One Workshop Gallery.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Through Each Others Eyes

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 27, 2008
JW Mariott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
5350 East Mariott Drive, Phoenix

Participating Filipino Photographers
Visit TEOE website here.

Monday, September 8, 2008

100UP: The New Kid on the Block

The purpose of is to provide an online presence where interested individuals may learn more about the group, its members and the activities that they conduct. It is also designed to enable people to give feedback and inquire about membership and possible support to or from the group. It also has a forum where the group can post photos, activities, and other relevant information and topics. 100UP will maintain maximum of 100 members only.

Visit 100UP Forum here.

The Marc Aviles Emerging Talent 2009 Photo Competition

The Marc Aviles Emerging Talent 2009 Photography Competition 
A San Juan National High School Alumni Association Inc (SJNHSAAI) Project 


The Marc Aviles Emerging Talent 2009 Photography Competition  is a project of San Juan National High School Alumni Association Inc (SJNHSAAI). Its mission is to encourage the Students and Alumni  to pique their interest in the vast fields of arts and photography. Through this friendly competition, the project aims to jumpstart and develop their hidden talents. 


Photography was one of the topics taught by Mr. Estanislao Caldez, a professor of Practical Arts, when Marc Aviles studied at San Juan National High School, in the year 1987. He enjoyed the subject because it was fun and creative, and it was 16 years later when he first got his first camera and studied photography again on his own. He started joining photography competitions which helped him exercise his imagination and push his passion. In 2004, he won the “Photographer of the Year" title in Singapore’s leading photography (Photo-i) magazine, 2005 and 2007 Top Ten Photographer of the Year in Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. In 2007, he won the “Photographer of the Year”, a worldwide competition held by New York's Popular Photography Magazine. In 2008, he bagged the 1st and 2nd Place for the Landscape/Nature category in the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International), judging was held in Santa Monica, California. Now he lives as a professional photographer in California.

With humble beginnings, Marc Aviles looks back at the time when he first held a camera provided by SJNHS, and thanks the school for planting a seed of inspiration to him.

"With the help of my fellow alumni at SJNHSAAI, I hope to excite the youth about arts and photography. I believe this humble competition at our beloved alma matter will spark up their interest."

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Oro, Plata, Mata: Philippine Photojournalism As Seen Through The Lens of Ernie U. Sarmiento

Oro, Plata, Mata: Philippine Photojournalism
As Seen Through The Lens of Ernie U. Sarmiento
by Eric Caruncho

The Photographs

To see the world with new eyes…that has always been the dream. 

A dream that seems more distant now more than ever. 

Each day we are bombarded with a deluge of images: on the tube, on the streets, over the internet.  Hundreds of frames per second flashing by, until all we see is a blur, and we are blinded by our own sight.  

In such a world, the photographer's task is not to add to this never-ending stream of images, but to stop it—even for 1/100th of a second—so that we can see what they see.  See the world with new eyes—their eyes. 

In these images, gathered over a period spanning decades, photojournalist Ernie U. Sarmiento lends us his roving eyes, so that we might see the underlying meaning beneath the surface.  His subjects range from the famous to the infamous, unfolding events of national importance to private unguarded moments of ordinary people. 

What makes them remarkable is the fact that these are not "art" photographs taken by photographers with all the time in the world to wait for the right light, but "news" photographs taken in the heat of the moment, under deadline pressure with editors breathing down the photographer's neck.  

These images were never meant to last beyond the next day's morning edition, yet here they are, years or even decades later, still seeming as fresh as the moment Ernie decided to press the shutter release.

It is a testament to the power that the single image still has to move us, and to the photographer's skill in making us stop for a moment, and see.

The Photographer 

Some people are said to be born with a silver spoon in their mouths.

Ernie U. Sarmiento was born with silver nitrate and hypo solution running through his veins.   

He was all of four years old when he first picked up a camera. 

It belonged to his father Joe, a veteran lensman and MalacaƱang press photographer during the terms of Presidents Ramon Magsaysay and Diosdado Macapagal.  Rather than scold his son for playing with his tools, Joe handed him a press ID and a reporter's notebook to complete the outfit.  

Thus are photojournalists made.

As a boy Ernie apprenticed under his father, helping him with large-format camera setups, developing negatives and making enlargements in the family darkroom.  Inevitably, he started taking his own photographs.   
He wanted to study Journalism in college as well, but his father—knowing the hard life that Filipino photojournalists lead—prevailed upon him to study Engineering at the University of Sto. Tomas instead.  But the fire had been lit: Ernie spent most of his free time at school taking photographs for the Varsitarian, the college newspaper. 

Upon graduation, Ernie embarked on a photojournalism career in earnest, first with the Times Journal and later with the Philippine Daily Inquirer where he now heads the photo department.  He has won numerous awards and prizes, among them Kodak Sports Photographer of 1988, Sports Photographer of 2002, and first, second and third prize in the MMDA Photo Contest.   He also teaches Advanced News Photography at the Asian Center for Journalism of the Ateneo de Manila University. 

In his 25 years as a professional photographer, Ernie has covered everything from war and politics to sports and human interest.   But he still hews closely to the time-honored values of old-school photojournalism and the decisive moment: 

"In photojournalism, the subject is the most important thing," he says "Photography is only a tool. What transforms simple photographs into pictures of lasting merit, comes down to the choice of subject… When choosing a subject, I look first if it has a story to tell; I look for content and meaning." 

Oro, Plata, Mata: Philippine Photojournalism As Seen Through The Lens of Ernie U. Sarmiento will be on exhibit at Cinema Lobby, TriNoMa from September 17-24, 2008.

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