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Monday, June 16, 2008

Human and Nature: Photo Exhibit by Hendra Lauw

Singapore-based Indonesian photographer Hendra Lauw opens his first one-man exhibition titled, "Human and Nature," on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at the OWG Art Gallery Cafe. Lauw showcases portraits and panoramic shots taken over the past two years in India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Lauw shares that he experiences "a high personal satisfaction of being able to capture any element of life through my camera lenses, be it the beautiful natural landscape and portraits of local people in places I visited." Some of these places include the photographers' paradises of Bangalore, Ayuthaya and Central Java, as well as Boracay, Batanes and Pinatubo. "I like to share and convey the story behind the photos that I took." Photographs in " Human and Nature " indeed reveal a gift for visual story-telling, with portraits of monks, farmers and the elderly. Lauw's lush landscapes likewise have a tale to tell, with enigmatic centuries-old temples, bangka's by the beach in the sunrise and a clifftop silhouette against a purple dusk.

Read more here.

" Human and Nature " runs from June 17 to July 17, 2008 at OWG Art Gallery Cafe, Ground Floor 2241 La Fuerza Plaza II, Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Sabio St., Makati City. Gallery hours are from 10am-7pm daily except Sundays. For inquiries, call or fax 8192074, e-mail, or visit

Counter-Photography and Swarm in the Aperture Guided Tour

Counter-Photography and Swarm in the Aperture Guided Tour by Silverlens Director Isa Lorenzo

New schedules:
3-5pm, July 13, Sunday
3-5pm, July 20, Sunday

Meet at the 4/F elevator lobby, 2:45pm
North Wing, Museum of the Filipino People, Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila
Limited slots available. RSVP 8160044

Join Isa Lorenzo as she gives a guided tour of two current shows at the National Museum -- Counter-Photography presented by the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Embassy, and Swarm in the Aperture curated by National Museum Curator Patrick Flores.

In it, Lorenzo will discuss the history of contemporary Japanese photography, of which the Japanese show is packed with fine examples, both in content and quality. She will also be giving a brief introduction on the infancy of photography in the Philippines.

For more information, contact Silverlens Gallery at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 816-0044, 0905-265-0873,

(left) Hiroshi Sugimoto
Chapel de Notre Dame du Haut, Le Corbusier, 1998
Gelatin Silver Print

(right) Neil Daza
Detail of Mystica's Nails, 2006
Metallic Print


3pm, June 28, 2008, Saturday

Drawing installation by BenCab


Book launch - BenCab: Nude Drawings
with text & commentary by Krip Yuson
Anvil Publishing Inc

*Books will be sold at a discounted price during the launch. Signed monographs of the exhibit will also be available. Related Images exhibit by BenCab runs until July 5, 2008

Visit silverlens gallery at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 816-0044, 0905-265-0873, Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am-7 pm, Saturday 1-6pm.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Art in the Park

The Museum Foundation of the Philippines creates an exciting event for first-time buyers and experienced collectors to purchase original contemporary art by up-coming and celebrated artists. For the first time in its three years, Art in the Park will extend until evening but only after transforming into six interactive art spaces. Allow yourself to be wooed by an equally impressive line-up of artists and art groups showcasing one-of-a-kind pieces.

An affordable Art Fair - Art in the Park features original paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures by promising art students and established visual artists.

An evening Art Exhibit - Art After Dark is a relaxed evening affair featuring 6 interactive art spaces highlighting one-of-a-kind or specially selected pieces from different artists and art groups.


Velasquez Park, Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City


June 28, 2008
Art in the Park: 8am - 2pm
Art after Dark: 5pm -

Borderless: Places & Indigenous Faces

Filipinos are among the most talented in the world. And we are amongst the top contributors to online photography galleries and forums. A group of 22 photographers met online sharing the same passion, sharing their talent in photography. Their relationship bud into a great friendship, which despite being miles away found time to discover, develop and master their craft through each other.

A global co-operation between the photographers from 5 different countries has brought “Borderless: Places and Indigenous Faces".

Participating Photographers:

Norman Aquino, Derick Gamboa, Bebet Gaudinez, Melai Lopez, Jess Marquez, Taks Paler, Tok Paler, Mitz Picardal, Aly Reyes, Martin Rosadia, Cez Jarlyn Young

Red Ognita

Reyno Rosete, Ruel Tafalla, Donna Samonte

Orlando Arcelao Jr., Cris Servillas

Tet Bautista, Jmerts Eddun, Eric Fajut, Darwin Guevarra, Jeff Vergara

The group exhibit will be shown at Glorietta 3 Ayala Malls, Makati City on June 19-25, 2008. Exhibit opening night on June 19 at 6pm.

Beyond The Currents: The Culture and Power of Sulu

The Yuchengco Museum invites you to the unveiling of the exhibit Beyond the Currents: The Culture and Power of Sulu on June 21, Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. Beyond the Currents, which runs until September 24, looks into the fascinating story of the forces that consolidated Sulu's power as central to the trade movements between Europe and China.

Of all the places in the Philippines that had early relations with China, Sulu had always been special. The earliest accounts on Sulu are found in Chinese records in the Yuan Dynasty (1278 — 1368) when trade between the Chinese and the inhabitants of Sulu accelerated. After centuries of commercial relations, Chinese culture permeated Sulu. 

Sulu: Beyond the Current showcases the art, culture, and lifestyle of the people of Sulu, tracing the archipelago's Chinese roots. Opening on June 21, the exhibit will especially delve on Sulu's ethnolinguistic communities, economic power through maritime trade, and instruments of expanding power and social status. 

Thursday, June 12, 2008

ACFJ brings back World Press Photo exhibit to Manila

The ACFJ brings back the world’s best news photos to Manila as it hosts the 2008 World Press Photo Exhibition for three weeks from Aug. 1 to 22.  

Supported by the Embassy of The Netherlands in Manila and global multi-brand company Unilever, the forthcoming Manila show will feature winning works from the 2008 World Press Photo competition. It is topbilled this year by the work of British photographer Tim Hetherington. His 2007 picture of a U.S. soldier who had collapsed appearing exasperated on a bunker after intense fighting in Afghanistan was awarded the Photo of the Year.  

A record number of 5,019 photographers - up 12.5 percent over the immediately past year – vied for the 2008 competition which is sponsored annually by the Amsterdam-based media NGO, World Press Photo.  A total of 80,536 images were submitted. 

The exhibit that follows the competition is “a showcase for creativity in photojournalism and a platform for developments in the profession - part of World Press Photo's aim of encouraging and stimulating the work of press photographers around the world,” the World Press Photo, said in its website.  

Touted as the world’s largest and most prestigious annual contest in press photography, the World Press Photo competition has been run by the World Press Photo since 1955. 

The Manila leg of the exhibit runs August 1-7 at Podium in OrtigasAugust 7-13 at SM Mall of Asia and August 14-22 at The Block (SM North EDSA).

August 1-7 - Podium
August 7-13 - Mall of Asia
August 14-22 - The Block 

These were also two of the three  venues of last year’s show which drew huge numbers of  viewers including journalists, media professionals, students, teachers and professionals. The show solicited nearly 200 comments and testimonials in guest book entries. 

The forthcoming Manila show is expected to attract as broad an audience as it did in May 2007

Each year, the winning images in the competition go on a roadshow after the exhibit’s official opening in Amsterdam as part of the prize-giving ceremony in April.  It is shown until March of the following year in venues around the globe. 

The Manila leg of the exhibit will open with a press preview on the first day.  Guided tours for students, and academic and professional organizations are set for the succeeding days. 

The World Press Photo is an Amsterdam-based non-stock non-profit organization. 

In a two-year program, it worked with the ACFJ for  the successful offering of the Diploma in Photojournalism course crafted for Asian photojournalists and media professionals who want to sharpen their technical skills and be better in their profession. At least 15 students have so far graduated from the program. 

For updates, visit ACFJ website here.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sleeping White Elephants

Sleeping with the Elephants
A Photography Exhibition of Kidlat De Guia
Galleria Duemila
210 Loring St., Pasay City
+632 831-9990/ 833-9815
View map here.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, 7 June 2008

Regular Viewing
7 June - 2 July 2008
Monday - Saturday, 10AM-6PM

The exhibit also coincides with Leonardo Aguinaldo's exhibit titled 'Connectivity' featuring his works on hand colored carved rubber.
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