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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Unmasking: Photography Workshop on Portrait and Identity

Unmasking: Photography Workshop on Portrait and Identity
by Marc Lathuillière
January 30 - February 06, 2010

Marc Lathuillière, the French lensman behind "France Face Lost," will hold a free workshop from 10am to 3pm at Silverlens Gallery on January 30 and February 6 sponsored by Alliance Française, followed by an artist’s talk at Silverlens on February 6 at 6pm to introduce his work and artistic approach.

Dealing with French identity and observing France after an extended stay in Asia, Lathuillière questions the stereotypes on which we build our identities with his use of masks. From Provence to Normandy, and from Bordeaux to Metz, more than four hundred people have already let him take their "de-faced" portraits.

THE WORKSHOP

Day 1, 10am-3pm (5 hrs): From Psychological to Masked Portrait

Participants are invited to bring national costumes (Maria Clara, terno, barong, malong, etc.) and examples of their photographic works, either printed or on a USB flash drive. This session will be spent mostly in the studio.

Day 2, 10am-3pm (5 hrs): From Masked to Contextual Portrait

This second session will be spent mostly outdoors. Participants are invited to bring their own mask. It would be helpful if those who have their own laptops could bring them to the session.

Feb 06, Saturday, 6pm: Artist Talk

“How is it possible to take pictures of the other, whether as a local or a foreigner? What can photography tell us about identity construction? Here are the questions I intend to raise with this Unmasking.”

- Marc Lathuillière

APPLICATION PROCESS

Participants to the workshop must first apply for a slot by submitting a portfolio of their works in PDF form along with a CV to Leonore Casuga at manage@silverlensphoto.com. Applicants may also send a cd to Silverlens Gallery, 2nd Floor YMC Building, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 1231. Applicants may include their website address in their CV as a supplement, but still need to submit a portfolio in PDF form.

The portfolio should be submitted by December 31. The list of accepted participants will be announced on January 16, 2010.

Marc Lathuillière’s exhibition of photographs France Face Lost opens at the Alliance Française Total Gallery on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, with cocktails at 6:30 pm. It will be on exhibit until February 25, 2010.

For inquiries, contact Silverlens Gallery at 2/F YMC Bldg. II, 2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati, 816-0044, 0917-5874011, or manage@silverlensphoto.com. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7pm and Saturdays 1–6pm. www.silverlensphoto.com / slab.silverlensphoto.com.

Image: Marc Lathuillièr, The Quality Meat, 2008

Marc Lathuilliere: Face Lost


"France Face Lost" by Marc Lathuilliere
February 02 - February 25, 2010

Marc Lathuilliere's exhibition entitled "France Face Lost" deals with French identity. It is the questioning of a visual artist looking at his homeland as if it wasn't. As if he was a tourist from fast moving Asia discovering the clichés and strangeness of a sleeping beauty named France.

Marc Lathuilliere first experienced this swing in perception in 2004, after extended stays in Asia, mostly in Thailand and South Korea. Coming back home, he realized how deeply French identity is anchored in the past, and the tremendous efforts French People devote to the preservation of its heritage. Through his "asianized" eyes, France now seemed estranged: he started to observe it with both wonder and worry.

To express these mixed feelings, he asked the French he met all over the country to wear a mask, always the same one, and then he took a portrait of them. An interactive game that froze them, shedding a new and doubtful light on their daily surroundings-architecture, sceneries, furniture… - , questioning the stereotypes on which we build our identities.

In five years, from Provence to Normandy, and from Bordeaux to Metz, more than four hundred people have already let him take their "de-faced" portrait.

Marc Lathuillière’s exhibition of photographs ‘’France Face Lost’’ opens at the Alliance Française Total Gallery on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, with cocktails at 6:30 pm. It will be on exhibit until February 25, 2010. Gallery days and hours:
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm; Friday, 9am to 2pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; 
Closed on Sundays and Holidays.

Marc Lathuillière will hold a workshop at Silverlens Gallery on January 30 and February 6 followed by an artist’s talk to introduce his work and artistic approach. For more information about the workshop and the artist talk please contact Silverlens Gallery at 816 0044 or email Leonore Casuga at manage@silverlensphoto.com.

For high resolution images of the artworks and more details about the exhibit, kindly contact Mr. Stéphane Doutrelant (AFM Director) or Ms Sabrina Durand (Cultural Officer) at 895 7441 / 895 7585 or email sabrina@alliance.ph. You may visit the AFM website at www.alliance.ph or the artist’s site at www.lathuilliere.com.

This exhibition is organized with the support of the Embassy of France to the Philippines and Silverlens Gallery.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Epson Color Imaging Competition 2009



Congratulations to the Epson Color Imaging Competition 2009!

Grand Prize Winner:
chito Cleofas 'Splash in a Rush'

Runner-up:
Manuel Marcelo "Ops, Wait for Me"
Sean Dinno Sandoval "Mahuli Taya"

Top 21:
Samuel de Leon: "Brave World"
Danilo Victoriano: "Ondoy's Innovent Victims"
Lino Armuenda: "Lady Vendor"
Edwin Robert Cortes: "Tired of Monkeying around"
Al Fritz Ermac: "Seeing the Future"
Raniel Castaneda: "Corn Harvest"
Ivy Cabardo: Untitled entry
Luis Cinco: "Water, Water everywhere"
David Leprozo: "Wooden Scooter All In A Row"
Eric John Azucena: "Graduation Joy"
Leslie Chua: "Swim Fan"
Jed Ray Calara: "Chillin'"
Peter Ang: "Boy Refreshing # 1"
Richard Ladia: "Playmates"
Rogelio Vicente Jr.: "Fun at the beach"
Gifford John Perral: "Look"
JM Leovy Chua: "Balloon Man"
Ronald Barretto: "Easy on a Sunday Evening"

Read more here.

Photos: Dennis Rito

Note: Will update this post later.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Vignettes of Macau

The Macau Government Tourism Office in partnership with Philippine Center for Photojournalism are pleased to invite you to view "Vignettes of Macau" Photo Essay Exhibit on December 4-6, 2009 at the Atrium, Level 2, The Block, SM North Edsa, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City.

Participating photographers:
Pam Chua
Jimmy Domingo
Raymond Panaligan
Ms. Gigie Cruz-Sy

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Call for Papers: FACING ASIA- Histories and Legacies of Asian Studio Photography

FACING ASIA:
Histories and Legacies of Asian Studio Photography

An international two day conference on early photographers and their studio practices in Asia, and cross-cultural exchanges in the Asia-Pacific region.

Presented by the Research School of Humanities, Australian National University and the National Gallery of Australia.

In the wake of postcolonial critiques of the camera’s objectivity, such colonial-era photographs have often been interpreted as symptomatic of colonialist attitudes and fantasies toward their subjects. However, local communities and indigenous elites quickly adopted the technology for their own domestic purposes and nationalist agendas. Enterprising indigenous studio photographers such as Francis Chit in Bangkok, Afong in Hong Kong, and Uchida Kuichi in Tokyo, also catered to appreciative foreign clients and markets, reversing the initial relations between photographers and customers in the studio. While the studio often served as a space of cross-cultural encounters between photographers and sitters, its practices and procedures were often inflected by local cultural preferences and traditions.

This conference aims to explore the photographic portrait in the first hundred years of the medium in Asia. It intends to promote inter-regional comparative analyses between scholars working in diverse cultural and national contexts. The symposium will not only analyse photographic representations of Asian peoples for the global market, but also consider the domestic adoptions and adaptations of the visual technology for local forms of self-representation and cultural practice. It will also consider the studio photograph as collaboration between photographer and sitter, and the diverse performed identities invoked in photographic sittings.


Read more here or download a PDF copy here.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Le Plat du Jour

Le Plat du Jour
A Sumptuous Photo Art Exhibit about Food
3 - 31 December 2009
Blacksoup Cafe + Art Space
134 Unit G Maginhawa St.,
Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Phone: 435-2549

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Copyright for Photographers

My friend Kat Palasi over at IPRPhoto is organizing a Forum on Copyright for Photographers. Resource person will be Intellectual Proerty Consultant Precious Leano. This is the first of a series and will be held on 3rd day of December 2009 at Vargas Museum, UP Diliman. This is a free event but requires an RSVP via katpalasi@gmail.com. Hurry! Limited slots available.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tommy Hafalla

© Tommy Hafalla - from his award-winning series 'Cliff Hanger: Death Rite'

In his introduction, Tommy wrote:

In Sagada one will only have the privilege of being interred by the cliffs. The “Sangadil” starts by putting the deceased in an upright position on a chair. This takes place on the third day after death. The corpse is dressed with a hand-woven fabric in stripes, the higher the status, the more stripes there should be. Once done, the families commence a litany of prayers depicting the life and genealogy of the deceased. After which, the death blanket (“pinagpagan”) is wrapped around the deceased. This ball like bundle is then passed on from one pair of hands to another in a fast-paced manner almost running, until the procession of men reach the cliffs of “echo valley” some 2 kilometers away from the village. The wooden coffin is already waiting at its designated place. The name of the deceased written on its side, when the procession reaches the site, the remains are lain to its final resting place—hanging by the cliff—amid cheers and clapping hands.

'Cliff Hanger: Death Rite' by Filipino photographer Tommy Hafalla was among the work which garnedred HPA 2009 documentary Award which aims to call upon photographers all over the world to record and preserve the heritage of folk culture.

See HPA 2009 Gallery here.

Related links:
World Folklore Photographers Association

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Zero in Periphery

The periphery is almost always in contrast to the center. In terms of power, it is the marginalized or the unexamined. In terms of geopolitics, it is the farther reaches of our country where the dictum of Manila presumably sets the trends. In terms of attention, it is what is often seen only as a vague form but never acknowledged in full consciousness. In terms of essence, it is existent but never fully essential.

Much of our history is only written as footnotes. Many competing voices are never fully heard or have, at certain times, been ignored or obliterated from memory. Many phenomena are never fully understood and just lie in dormant state, non-threatening but never fully eliminated from our consciousness. The irony is that the periphery, although can be conceived as non-essential, can also be an avenue of possibility, of action and resistance.

Loaded: DPP Holiday Event

Schedule of Activities
20 November 2009
Rockwell Tent

12-1PM: Gunther Diechmann: MacOSX Workflow For Photographers - Gunther Diechmann is an accomplished travel photographer who is also a Apple endorsed photographer. He will be speaking about developing an effective workflow using Mac.

1-2PM: Jo Avila: Let Me Photoshop It For You - Jo Avila will take files from the audience and will post process the images using tried and tested techniques.

2-3PM: Richard Larios: Fine Art Black And White Landscape Photography - A true landscape artist, Larios will share his technique on how to create beautiful Fine Art Landscape photographs.

3-4PM: Pilar Tuason: Finding Beauty: A Guide To Outdoor Female Portraiture / - Pilar Tuason will take a crew of 50 photographers on a live shoot with her around the Rockwell premises. The intent is to show how to get beautiful photographs under ordinary conditions using available light.

3-4PM: Wesley Villarica: Lighting For Fashion Photographers - We all know that Wesley Villarica shoots for the country's top fashion magazines. Wesley will shoot live and demonstrate to everyone his Fashion Lighting Techniques.

4-5PM: Pilar Tuason: Finding Beauty: A Guide To Female Portraiture - Pilar takes her the results of the live shoot and will talk the audience through the thought process and the results. She will also present other photographs from her current work and explain how all the shots were taken.

5:30-6:30PM: Break

6:30-7:30PM: Raul Echivarre: Travel Light: A Photographic Journey - We all know that Raul Echivarre is one of most respected Travel photographers here on DPP. We cornered him to speak in our event and he agreed to share his travel photography secrets.

7:30-8:30PM: Xander Angeles: The X Factor: The man who revolutionized Philippine fashion photography is back in Manila but for only a short time. Xander will go through his current work in New York and explain how to achieve the X FACTOR in all your fashion images.

8:30-10:00: Live Judging- Our night cap, we take the photos you submitted for our contest and have our judges critique them live in front of an audience. For those of you who missed our last Live Judging at Fully Booked High Street last June, you won't want to miss this. You will learn exactly what goes through a judges mind and can take this knowledge to improve your photography. The Judges: Pilar Tuason, Raul Echivarre, Jo Avila, Xander Angeles, Gutsy Tuason Warning: Expect profanity!

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Note: PPS is not affiliated with DPP. Please check with organizers for details/ changes on the said event.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

SIPF 2008 Exhibition @ Silverlens


On December 11 to January 9, select works from the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) 2008 will travel to Manila for a month long exhibition.

SIPF satellite partner, Silverlens Gallery, hosts the visual feast for the Filipino community, providing extended exposure for the select SIPF 2008 photographers.

The SIPF is a biennial gathering of minds from around the world with the common pursuit of advancing the art and appreciation of photography. The 2008 SIPF hosted juried exhibitions, workshops, and portfolio reviews.

The SIPF exhibition at Silverlens Gallery opens on December 11 and runs until January 9 2010. For more information and inquiries, please contact 816-0044; manage@silverlensphoto.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.silverlensphoto.com / www.silverlensphoto.com/slab.

Exhibiting Artists:
Amdadul Huq, Bangladesh; Chae Kyung, South Korea; Corinne Vionnet, Switzerland; Ho Hui May, Singapore; Joel Yuen, Singapore; Khairul Azril Ismail, Malaysia; 
Luis González Palma, Argentina; Paul Kohl, USA; 
Vee Speers, Australia; Zhao Renhui, Singapore.

MEDIA CONTACT:
 Cathy Paras-Lara
Communications Manager, Silverlens Gallery
T: 816-0044
E: communications@silverlensphoto.com

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Image: Vee Speers, (left) Untitled 1, (right) Untitled 3, from The Birthday Party Series

Thursday, November 12, 2009

World Pyro Olympics 2009

Here's a good photo opp. Know more about WPO 2009.

POSTPONED. Wait for further announcement from the organizers.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Best Practice Recommendations for Social Networking Sites

In response to member requests, ASMP commissioned attorney Chris Reese to undertake a review of the Terms of Service (TOS) of six social media sites and to prepare findings and recommendations. The sites included in his assessment are Facebook, Photobucket, Flickr, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter. This report presents recommended best practices, considerations, common terms used, and hypothetical situations photographers may face when images are posted on social networking sites.

Summary of Best Practices
  • Decide why you are considering posting your images
  • Read the Terms of Service
  • Browse through the site to get an idea of its functionality
  • Decide whether you have chosen the right social networking site
  • Embed each image with copyright, contact, and other information
  • Consider posting only small, low resolution versions of your work
  • Review the TOS regularly to see if the terms have changed
  • Contact the site if you become aware of misuse of your images
Continue reading ASMP Best Practice Recommendations for Social Networking Sites

Related link:
Warning: Facebook and MySpace Strip Photo Copyright Data

Found via: The Click

Just a thought

'Professional photographer' is defined as as someone who make a living out of his/her practice of photography. But how will you define a photographer who is not making considerable amount of money from his/her work but is dedicated to his/her craft? Can he/she be called 'professional' photographer?

Comments and insights are highly appreciated.

Postcards from Manila

Windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Norte had been photographed a hundred times and its refreshing to see some unique POV. See more of Bobby Wong's travel images (available free for personal use). Head on to: http://www.postcardsfrommanila.com/

Monday, November 9, 2009

Talk on Creativity with Gilda Cordero-Fernando and other artists

Artist Talk
November 14, Saturday
3-5pm

Bridging the Arts and the Sciences

Be here when the arts and sciences walk and talk a common path. In a rare conversation, a panel of artists and scientists will explore with the audience what it means to be creative in their respective fields.

Do they both experience eureka moments? If they do, do these moments come with a big bang or lightly on tiptoe? In what measure is creativity genetic or nurtured? Is it absolutely essential that society support the artist and scientist so they can excel at what they do?

Maria Isabel Garcia, curator of The Mind Museum at Taguig, will mediate this risky rendezvous between artists and scientists. Gilda Cordero-Fernando will conduct a creative exercise-join panel discussion. This activity caps the art exhibit Philippines, Oh My! Philippines of GCF.

The event is free of charge but reservations are required. Please contact Leonore Casuga at 8160044 or email us at manage@silverlensphoto.com.

Image: Gilda Cordero-Fernando, Miss Philippines between Two Colonizers, 2009

Isa Lorenzo, 004:Release

Opening Reception: Nov 18 (Wednesday) 6-9PM
20SQUARE

Isa Lorenzo, 004: RELEASE

Largely a meditative reaction to her time as a recipient of the Japan Foundation Jenesys Program Creator-in-Residence at Tokyo Wonder Site, Isa Lorenzo’s ‘RELEASE’ explores the underside of the Japanese cultural identity – one that prioritizes homogeneity and conformity - and probes human expressions for “letting one’s hair down,” and “blowing off steam.”

Using the Philippines as her reference point, the artist observed that the assimilated group identity in Japan supersedes the individual’s identity. They have a saying: the nail that sticks out is hammered hardest. As a reaction to societal homogeneity, their “expressions for releasing control are extreme in Japan through subcultures—fetish, cosplay, and wota. As the title suggests, my work for this show takes off from this premise of releasing control,” says Lorenzo.

The photograms in RELEASE are from printed material ubiquitous to public spaces: tear sheets, exhibition flyers, performance advertising. They are layered aesthetically and printed correctly with the corresponding tonalities. Half of the pieces in ‘RELEASE, she leaves unaltered. They remain controlled. The other half, she disrupts the perfect layering and printing by using micro explosives - a release control from the darkroom.

Followers of Lorenzo’s work will notice that each piece is titled with a word or two – a marked departure from her pattern of leaving works numbered or dated. Lorenzo says, “the series is a set of traditional and universal symbols but are also personal talismans to move ahead in life”. ‘RELEASE’ is a collective set of accidents and mistakes, of images disrupted, of spontaneous signifiers.

Isa Lorenzo’s RELEASE will run from November 18 to December 12 at Slab’s 20Square and will be shown alongside Rachel Rillo’s ‘GRAIN’ at the Silverlens Gallery across the bridge.

For inquiries and more information on RELEASE, please contact Cathy Paras-Lara at communications@silverlensphoto.com or 816-0044.

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Grain by Rachel Rillo

Opening Reception: Nov. 18 (Wednesday) 6-9PM
Silverlens Gallery


Rachel Rillo Breaks It Down With ‘GRAIN’

Rachel Rillo opens her latest photography exhibit, ‘GRAIN,’ on November 18, 6pm at Silverlens Gallery.

Her latest work is a meditation on paring things down to their material source: plaster, wood, plastic. Objects photographed are small figures that are visual representations of something real. With the use of light alone, Rillo intentionally alters and deletes backgrounds and other contextual hints. Size, the environment and any other relationship the object photographed could have outside of the material from which it is made and what it symbolizes has been negated.

“Photographically, this particular work was a challenge because I had to get rid of all clues surrounding the object. The task was to make the photographs as minimal as I could get them to be without touching them up or altering them with light,” says Rillo.

GRAIN is a glimpse into the quiet truths in the most basic of equations. A cube with a triangular top is instantly a symbol of a house. A rounded figure on a shaft is a bust symbolizing a human form.

There are installations of photographs of religious iconography paired with a small plastic bag of ground, melted, pulverized, and pulped material. Assuming that the bag holds part of the subject, the photographer posits the questions: Has the idol, icon, or symbol lost its meaning? Is it sacrilege? Is it a gram of dirt or a holy gram?

GRAIN is a meditation on the elusive gestures of form and material - the nuanced expression, the violent confrontation, the abandoned and scarred. It is a reflection of the disjunctive spaces between symbolism and spirituality, memory and possession.

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Remember When: A Photo Exhibit by Rene Lumawag

Remember When
A Photo Exhibit by Rene Lumawag
12 November 2009, 4PM
2/F SM City Davao

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Camera

A workshop about photography's main tool: its origin and evolution, and the different types it has evolved into.

A discussion on what the Classic Camera was, before it had become another computer peripheral.

An in-depth course on how the Camera works, its parts, and its application.

A lot of Photography Courses now claim to be not equipment centered. Celebrating the equipment seems to have become a "shameful" aspect now- but at the same time many of these courses rely on the fact that Photography has become easier to teach when the cameras used both provide do-it-all automation and instant gratification.... Rangefinder Filipinas believe that the first step towards making meaningful and relevant photography is through mastery of the main tool first.

And the emphasis is on the CLASSIC. The celebration and use of the tools from simpler times.

Read more here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Moments Frozen inTime

Moments Frozen in Time
An Exhibit of Dance Images
Yunchengco Museum
27 October - 2 December 2009

For Martha Graham, dance can only be collected in other media. Alongside film and video, photography is the most important means of recording dance. Its images are sculptures of human posture and light. Like theater photography, it uses stage lighting. Like photojournalism, it concentrates on the motionless moment within a movement.

Moments Frozen In Time: An Exhibit of Dance Images is a traveling exhibit organized by the Tanzarchiv (German Dance Archive) and the Goethe Institut. Rather than just present the history of dance photography, it focuses instead on the more modern trend towards the visualization of dance.

Exhibit highlights and programs include:
  • The Green Table film screening at the exhibit
  • Rhythm Is It! film screening (November 4 & 7)
  • Moving Body with Mind and Spirit artist talk with Jeannie Javelosa (November 18)
Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala & Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City. For more details, contact Luisa Zaide of Goethe Institut at 817-0978 or e-mail program@manila.goethe.org.

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Call for Proposals

The Japan Foundation and the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum are accepting proposals for curatorial projects for a workshop on curating contemporary art from November 24 to 25, 2009 at the UP Vargas Museum. The project aims to provide a platform for interaction among young curators, their peers, and established practitioners in the field.

The curatorial proposal of 500-800 words should include a working title; a brief explanation of the project, with reference to artists, space, and relevant logistical details; and conceptual issues or theoretical reflections. Only individuals 35 years old and below may submit. After the proposals are selected, the proponents will be advised to write a more detailed essay for the workshop.

This initiative is set against the broader interests of the Jenesys Program for Art Curators, which seeks to develop curatorial resources in the region.

Deadline for proposal is on November 6, 2009 and may be e-mailed to vargasmuseum@yahoo.com, vargasmuseum@gmail.com, or bdiaz@jfmo.org.ph under the reference “Curatorial Development Program.”

Conversations @ SLG

Conceptualism in Contemporary Photography
Oct 17, Saturday
3-5pm

Silverlens Gallery invites you to a related gallery event of Wawi Navarroza's exhibit, Perhaps It Was Possibly Because, this Saturday, October 17 at 3pm. It will be a discussion on the conceptualism in contemporary photography. Guests are artist and educator Judy-Freya Sibayan, artist Sandra Palomar, writer Angelo Suarez, and Wawi Navarroza, to be moderated by Silverlens Gallery Director and artist, Isa Lorenzo.

The event is free of charge but reservations are required. Please contact Leonore Casuga at 8160044 or email us at manage@silverlensphoto.com.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Beyond Frame: Philippine Photomedia



Opening: 1 October 2009 |2-5:30pm
Ateneo Art Gallery
Ground Floor Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University,
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Ateneo Art Gallery presents "Beyond Frame: Philippine Photomedia," curated by Gina Fairley. The show features the works of Poklong Anading and MM Yu, Ringo Bunoan, Mario Co, Lena Cobangbang, Christina Dy, Romina Diaz, Lani Maestro, Gina Osterloh, Rachel Rillo, Norberto Roldan, Gerry Tan, Steve Tirona and Tony Twigg.

Photography vs. Photomedia - a contemporary Philippine definition. A panel discussion moderated by Beyond Frame Curator Gina Fairley will start at 2PM. Panelists include Alex Baluyut, Isa Lorenzo, Wawi Navarozza, Sandra Palomar and Judy Freya Sibayan. Discussion will focus on the state of photography / photomedia now and how the Philippines sits within that history of large-scale photo art and trends within the region.

Exhibit runs from October 01- December 15, 2009. For directions to Ateneo Art Gallery call 426. 6488. The exhibition continued until 15 December.

Visit Ateneo Art Gallery Website.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Artist Talk & Slideshow: ESPEN EICHHOEFER: Family and Photographs

Kjell Und Vinai, 2003

The Silverlens Gallery and Goethe Institut invite you to an Artist Talk and Slideshow by visiting editorial photographer Espen Eichhoefer. Here in the Philippines on a grant from the Goethe Institut, Eichhoefer has been conducting a workshop on Portraiture in Silverlens Gallery. A workshop that received an overwhelming number of applicants. His talk will focus on photography of family. "Private family pictures always produce positive images, confirming that these people belong together", he says. "But what of the possibilities of different stories to contend?", he questions.

The talk is open to the public. RSVP required at 816-0044 (Leonore).

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

150 Faces

An Ateneo de Manila University Digital Photography Festival
Celebrating 150 Years of Engaging the Youth
Open to ALL ATENEANS everywhere
Students Alumni Parents Faculty Staff

Submission of Entries:
September 14, 2009 - October 15, 2009
150faces@gmail.com

The 150 Faces Digital Photography Festival seeks to exhibit one hundred and fifty powerful images of Filipino young people today that reveal the profound diversity of their experiences, the opportunities and challenges they negotiate, the multiple identities they construct for themselves, and the magic, resilience and sheer possibility that are so much a part of being young.

Please also note the following stipulations:

Release

By entering the festival, the entrant authorizes the Ateneo de Manila University to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entry in connection with the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of the Ateneo de Manila University, the Loyola Schools Agenda for Hope Project, and the 150 Faces Digital Photography Festival in any media or hereafter known.

License

By entering the festival, all entrants grant an irrevocable perpetual, nonexclusive license to the Ateneo de Manila University to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of the Ateneo de Manila University, the Loyola Schools Agenda for Hope Project, and the 150 Faces Digital Photography Festival in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: display at a physical exhibition, publication of a book featuring entries in the Festival, and online publication. Entrants consent to the Ateneo de Manila University doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe on the entrantʼs “moral rights” in their entries. The Ateneo de Manila University will not be required to pay any additional compensation or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Additionally, by entering, each entrant grants to the Ateneo de Manila University the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Festival, and pictures or likenesses of entrants, or choose not to do so, at their sole discretion. The Ateneo de Manila University will not be required to pay any additional compensation or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

For details, click here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

DWELLING by Frankie Callaghan

Silverlens proudly presents Dwelling, a series of images by Frankie Callaghan. As in his process and concept, Callaghan captures the ambient aura and light of the city. He takes to the backstreets and saturates dwelling places, monuments of cement and metal, in washes of light and color from their immediate surroundings.

He seizes rare glimpses of stillness, steeped in an acute awareness of the present. “I found myself drawn to the quiet, empty spaces of urban fringes at night and to the unintentional beauty of dwellings that seem to have grown organically out of the sincere need for shelter and the limits of material and space.” says Callaghan. His forthright perception eliminates the noise of judgment and elucidating the scenery with evidence of stories and leaves viewer to speculate. And as a product of his candid process and perception, he reveals the indwelling life and beauty that are most often overlooked.

Dwelling by Frankie Callaghan opens at 6 pm on September 9, 2009, Wednesday, and runs until the 3rd of October 2009 at Silverlens Gallery. As a related gallery event, Frankie Callaghan will be hosting Sound Reaction a music and sound event where musicians and DJs interact with the photographs from the show. The even will take place on October 1, 2009, Thursday from 6-9pm at Silverlens Gallery.

Dwelling will be shown alongside Archetypes by Stanley Ruiz at 20Square, and Tears, Cuts and Ruptures, a group show featuring 10 collage artists organized by Gary-Ross Pastrana at SLab.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

BazaART ‘09 @ One Workshop Gallery


Sought-after signatures as well as the newest names in art will be on artworks at the BazaART ‘09 of the One Workshop Gallery from 9AM to 6PM on Saturday, August 29, and from 1 to 6PM on Sunday, August 30, 2009. BazaART ‘09 features paintings, photographs, sculptures, etchings and prints by Filipino greats and foreign artists, as well as professional-grade art materials at specials rates of 50 up to 80% off of gallery prices.

Artists with works at One Workshop Gallery’s BazaART ‘09 include Ambie Abaño, Rommel Aggravante, Al Nezzar Buday Ali, Sherwin Andal, Ral Arrogante Julio Austria, Pandy Aviado, Errol Balcos, Henry Bateman, Bernardo Billedo, Malyn Bonayog, Arnel Borja, Estan Cabigas, Demosthenes Campos, Rossano Capili, Jonathan Castro, Rogelito Cayas, Jr., Danilo Celum, Salvador Ching, Julius Clar, Carlo Claudio, Buds Convocar, Jeff Cua, Wenceslao Cuevas, Jr., Emil Davocol, Joe Datuin, Fil dela Cruz, Edwin de Guzman, Al Dimalanta, Ferdinand Doctolero, Leonilo Doloricon, Dopy Doplon, Kiko Escora, Egai Talusan Fernandez, John Marin Flores, Jesus Genotiva, Don Gurrea, Tommy Hafalla, Luis Martin Harder, Rick Hernandez, Raul Isidro, Anton Isip, Nap Jamir II, Arvin Javier, Edwin Jumalon, Amiel Lapuebla, Richard Larios, Cathy Lasam, Manuel Librodo, Luis Lorenzana, Jing Magsaysay, Red Mansueto, Joel Mendez, Perfecto Mercado, Miguel Nacianceno, Annie Neis, Yuan Mor’O Ocampo, Red Ognita, Vincent Padilla, Kelly Ramos Palaganas, Edillardo Paras, Jun Porlares, Jill Posadas, Ige Ramos, Allan Razo, Rissa Recio, R. Ricardo, Rafa Rod, Beatriz Robles, Chris Rudio, Noel Sadicon, Donna Samonte, Danilo Santiago, JP Sarmenta, Renato Silbol, George Tapan, Resty Tica, Bobby Timonera, A.C. Bada Torralba, Wig Tysmans, James Uy, Lilen Uy, Ronald Ventura and Romy Vitug.

The BazaART ‘09 will also hold a Swap Meet where art works may be exchanged for items of equivalent value. 10% of all proceeds from the BazaART ‘09 Swap Meet goes to OWG.

Artists not affiliated with One Workshop Gallery are also welcome to participate in the BazaART ‘09 by availing of table space at the following rates: Php 1,500.00 for August 29, Php 1,000.00 for August 30 and Php 2,000.00 for August 29 and 30. Table space for participating artists is limited.

The One Workshop Gallery is an integral part of the One Workshop, Inc. (OWI). Specializing in art for investment and collection purposes, the Gallery has been providing exhibition venues for both established and emerging artists since 2006.

BazaART ‘09 at the One Workshop Gallery is at the Ground Floor of 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 Didith Ladao at 810-5094, fax 819-2074, e-mail one_workshop@yahoo.com or visit www.owg.cc.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

L to R

L to R
Lisa Lerec, Leah Sanchez, Reina Sanchez, Carlos Tito Santos, Rachelle Wenger and Thomas Wenger
August 27, Thursday, 6-9pm

L-to-R, curated by photographer Johann Espiritu, presents photographs from his six-week workshop, "The Idea of Creativity in Photography". L-to-R stands for "left to right", the order in which the class would often critique images. On a superficial level, these works do not appear to have any relationship to each other. It is common practice for the viewer of a group show to look for connections between images. Are the subjects similar? Are they made or presented using like materials? What do Liza Lecrec's color photos of a life-size doll attending a meeting with men in suits; Leah Sanchez's boxes housing photos of home; Carlos Tito Santos'Rachelle Wenger’s studies on curiosity; Thomas Wenger's sometimes studied, sometimes spontaneous photographs; and Reina Sanchez's ink-jet prints on recycled paper have in common? They are made by people who discovered what they care about and what photography can be.

Image: Reina Sanchez, Color TV, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

New Online Photography Magazine to be launched on 1 August 2009

The Black Snapper is a project created by designer Frank Kloos and documentary photographer Diederik Meijer, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Black Snapper aims to create an online community that will inspire photography professionals and photography enthusiasts worldwide.

Read more here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

World Press Photo 2009 Exhibition | Manila

SCHEDULE

The Podium
Sat 01 Aug 09 - Exhibition open for public
Mon 03 Aug 09 - 18:30 h. Official opening
Sat 08 Aug 09 - Last day of exhibition

The Block, SM North Edsa
Sun 09 Aug 09 - Exhibition open for public
Mon 10 Aug 09 - Official opening
Wed 19 Aug 09 - Last day of exhibition

Mall of Asia
Thu 20 Aug 09 - Exhibition open for public
Thu 20 Aug 09 - 18:30 h. Official opening
Sun 23 Aug 09 - Last day of exhibition

EXHIBITION VISITING HOURS

Monday - Thursday : 10:00-21:00
Friday - Sunday : 10:00-22:00

Exhibition is being organized by Ateneo de Manila University Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo and supported by SM Malls/ SM Prime Holdings, and Unilever Philippines.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Portfolio Review Days @ Silverlens

Moderated by Rachel Rillo, Isa Lorenzo and Others

A portfolio review is a good way to evaluate in which direction your photography is going. A regular objective review is essential in any photographer's growth, either as a shooter of found photographs or as a creator of staged images. Three portfolio review dates are available on an appointment basis. The photographer is encouraged to choose one date, all reviewers will be available to see their work.

September 5, September 19 or October 3
Saturdays, 1-4 pm
Fee: Php 1,000

TO REGISTER: Call Leonore at 8160044 or 09052650873, email manage@silverlensphoto.com 50% Reservation Fee required. Balance due on the first day of classes.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Kaleidoscope by Ina Ayala, Mintio and MM Yu @ Silverlens Gallery


Opening reception: 29 July 2009 (6-9pm)

Kaleidoscope will be the very first full-color show by Silverlens Gallery. The show is a mix of three artists, Ina Ayala, Mintio and MM Yu, with very different perceptions of space and reality. The show captures the polychromatic urban soul through Ina Ayala’s painterly abstractions, Mintio’s explosions of light and MM Yu’s street documentary style.

Kaleidoscope reveals the patterns and textures that make up the vivid cityscape and divulges each artists’ intimate and personal perception of reality.

Images (L-R): Ina Ayala, Untitled 1, 2009; Mintio, detail, Concrete Euphoria: Mongkok, Hong Kong, 2009; MM Yu, detail, Colored Straw, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Balaanong Bahandi: Sacred Treasures of the Archdiocese of Cebu

Balaanong Bahandi
A Fundraising Photo Exhibit
Cathedral Museum of Cebu
3 July 2009

A fundraising exhibit for the book 'Balaanong Bahandi: Sacred Treasures of the Archdiocese of Cebu' which is the ultimate guide to the Archdiocese’s architectural heritage, showcasing all the churches in Cebu from the earliest missions to contemporary parishes, including all of the outstanding artistry they contain: bas reliefs expressed in coral stone, carved images in ivory and wood, ceiling paintings by the famed Canuto Avila and Raymundo Francia, handwritten pages in canonical books, bronze bells, and many other tangible manifestations of over 400 years of Christianity in Cebu.

There will be a pre-selling of the 300page full color book of which buyers can avail of the 20% discount.

For more details, click here.

Photographs in the book were photographed by Estan Cabigas (who also maintains Simbahan.net, a blog on Philippine Heritage Churches), Mark Andrew Jorolan and Lorens Gibb Lapinig.

Panangidayew Photo Exhibit

See details here.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Manilart 09

MANILART O9, is the first international art fair to be hosted in the Philippines. It is participated in by the country's leading art galleries and those of the Asian region. This is where art collectors and enthusiasts can view the finest examples of Contemporary Art today and gather together to exchange views and insights about the world of art.

The opening night, which is by-invitation-only, will serve as a preview to the entire art fair and will be held from 6 to 11 pm on July 16, 2009.

MANILART 09 will then open its doors to the general public from 11 am to 8 pm on July 17 to 19, 2009. Admission tickets are priced at Php200. or US$5.00 each.

Venue is the newly renovated NBC TENT perfectly nestled inside the country's most progressive development to date - BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY.

Monday, June 22, 2009

DPP Magazine celebrates its 3rd Anniversary

Digital Photographer Philippines (DPP) magazine celebrates its 3rd year Anniversary at Fully Booked store at Bonifacio Hight Street on June 27th, from 10AM-midnight. Several speakers are invited to conduct seminars including Harvey Chua, GM of AdPhoto, Inc. on the business of photography, and Atty. Rod Vera on copyright law.

For details, click here (you must be logged on to access the page at the DPP Forum).

Friday, June 19, 2009

Tom Epperson

From 'Frozen' series © Tom Epperson

Tom Epperson is an American commercial photographer based in the Philippines for the past 23 years. I find his personal work, most especially his use of ice, very unique! (see under Personal Work and Prints for Sale).

Interview with Henry Bateman

I first met Henry Bateman through Ross Capili last year during an exhibit at One Workshop Gallery. He was trained as a painter but decided to abandon painting to pursue photo-based art. I was at the opening of his 'Pixel Perfect' exhibit and have asked if he’s willing to talk about his work and am glad he agreed.

Dennis Rito: How long have you been a painter before you decided to shift completely to photo-based art?

Henry Bateman: I have been painting and drawing for most of my life, but it was in the early 80’s that I did a piece and realised that I had some skill at this painting lark. It was around the same time that my parents realised I had some talent and stopped pushing me to get “a real job”. Although I had from the 70’s been working in theatre as a lighting and set designer and scenic artist this realization prompted me to go to Art School. I applied and was accepted by the Claremont School of Art in 1983 and held my first solo exhibition in the latter half of 1984.

DR: Please provide a brief background on your work, and how long have you been working with photo-based art?

HB: I have been working with photo-based art for about 9 years now. I first started out making the “neon series” works which over a couple of years morphed into the “ripple series’. When I first arrived in the Philippines the change of scene was such that I went through what I call my “tourist phase”, taking photos of all the wonders that beheld me. But after about 12 months, as my knowledge of Pinoy culture grew, I started making the pixilated photographs with their abstract overtones.

'Broken Spaces' © Henry Bateman

DR: Can you relate to us what was the impetus that made you decide to focus on this kind of work?

HB: It was whilst I was working on a commissioned carved painting in 2000 that I came across digital photography and the post production capabilities of the computer. I had an analogue SLR which I used as an instant drawing device.

But the computers capabilities fascinated me and I soon had a 2M point and shoot and I started playing with the various software programs( Irfanview, Paint Shop Pro, GIMP and Photoshop). After a couple of years I upgraded to a 5M point and shoot and upon arriving in the Philippines I upgraded to a DSLR.

The computer software is at the heart of what I do, it enables me to stamp my ideas and view of the world upon the photographs I take. For me the camera is the means of obtaining visuals to work upon in the computer. It’s like the paint and the brushes each have their capabilities and their limitations, whilst the software is the actual painting process. I guess I am still a painter at heart which is why people say that my works look more like paintings than photos.

'New York Taxi' © Henry Bateman

DR: It is interesting to note how you decompose the basic image structure and concentrate instead on the basic pixels to provide form in the work you do. Would you mind sharing with us who have influenced your work and style?

HB: The Dutch artist Piet Mondrian is a major influence on my work. The strength of the underlying structure in his work, the grid, holds together some interesting and at times complex ideas. His “New York Boogie Woogie” almost dances before your eyes in a random fashion that changes upon subsequent viewings and is only contained by its underlying grid. Just like the Jazz impros it is talking about, the free form is based upon an underling structure the holds it all together. Jackson Pollock is another artist whose work relies upon an underlying structure, implied rather than expressly stated, that holds his grandiose expressions of joie de vie together.

And then there is the 20th Century master, Pablo Picasso. His ability to look at things in a new way and his skill at expressing his vision holds me in awe. In his “Portrait of Sylvette (1954)” he manages to capture the many facets of her personality from the innocence of childhood through the bravado of adolescence to the worldly wise woman that lurks underneath.

'Remembering Batangas' © Henry Bateman

DR: I noticed that some of your art pieces were composed of works that were photographed on different occasions. When do you call when a piece is done?

HB: The piece determines when it is finished. Photos can sit on my hard drive for months, years even, waiting for the companions that will complete it or I may get them on the same day. With “Remembering Batangas” the center image was made on my first trip to a friend’s home in the province. The top and bottom images were made after a subsequent visit almost a year later. When I had made the later images they just fitted nicely with the earlier image. Whereas the images from “Gateway I” came from the same photo shoot. There is no hard and fast rule, it happens when it happens.

'Tree' © Henry Bateman

DR: Can you share with us your creative process?

HB: With the camera it is pretty intuitive, almost like street photography, although what I shoot will depend upon what I am thinking about at the time. Like with the Gateway Suite, I went out to investigate the Filipino mall phenomenon. I had no fixed ideas of what I was going to shoot; I just shot what caught my eye whilst having that idea in the back of my mind.

When I got the images on the computer then my critical facilities came into play as I worked on them. Deconstructing them from the found object into the idea the object represented and then combining the ideas into an interesting (well to me) comment about phenomena.

DR: Can you share with us who is Henry Bateman when not making art?

HB: I enjoy playing chess, but usually lose 2 games out of 3. I like watching movies, dramas & comedies mostly, action flicks leave me cold. I enjoy reading and am currently re-reading books from my youth; it is interesting to see how much my ideas have changed. I am also teaching myself Dreamweaver and Flash.

For updates on Henry Bateman's works, please visit his blog.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

VALOR Photo Exhibit

VALOR : Sa Manlulupig, Di Ka Pasisiil
An exhibit by Jeryc Garcia
June 26 - July 6 2009
First Hawaiian Bank Gallery, Honolulu Academy of Arts,
Waipahu Filipino Community Center
Honolulu, Hawaii
For details. email:noglbinc@gmail.com

About the Exhibit

VALOR: Sa Manlulupig, Di Ka Pasisiil (To Invaders, You Shall Never Surrender) is an exhibit in honor of the generation of Filipino men and women who fought for liberty and freedom during the dark days of the Second World War.

The exhibit features portraits of surviving Filipino WWII veterans in the Philippines. This includes members of the Philippine Army and Constabulary who fought in the Battle of Bataan and survived the Death March, and civilians who joined the guerilla movement in the years of the Japanese occupation. These photographs were taken at their homes and at veteran gatherings in various places all over the country.

Presented with their portraits are the stories of these veterans – about surviving as a POW in Capas, about traveling across mountains to pick up ammunition and supplies from Allied submarines, about fighting outnumbered side-by-side with American comrades-in-arms, cheating death, staying alive, and never losing hope.

The exhibit hopes to create a record of the lives of these veterans for a new generation of Filipinos. To give faces to the names in books and on stone walls. Though these heroes finally pass quietly into the night, they shall never be forgotten.

Honolulu was chosen for the exhibit not only because of its large Filipino and veteran community, but also because of the link between Pearl Harbor and the Philippines: On December 8, 1941, right after bombing Pearl Harbor, the Japanese came and dropped bombs on Camp John Hay in Baguio and Clark Field in Pampanga.

Also on show are wartime photos from the archives of Philippine Airlines. PAL put its own two aircraft and pilots into service during the war, evacuating American airmen to Australia until one was shot down in Mindanao and the other was destroyed in an air raid in Indonesia. As such, PAL is a war veteran in its own right. In 1946, PAL became the first Asian carrier to cross the Pacific when it brought 40 American GIs home to Oakland, California from Manila.

Jeryc Garcia is a travel photographer based in the Philippines.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Angkor Photo Workshop 2009

The Free Angkor Photo Workshops 2009 edition is calling for candidates. The free workshop is open to Asian photographers aged not over 28 (born after October 1980). Potential participants must be working either as freelance or staff photographer, or be studying in courses including photography.

The photographers must submit their application along the guidelines provides (see below); the workshop is conducted in the English language, and students must bring a DSLR camera and a laptop. They must have sufficient knowledge of an editing program (such as i-View media pro, Bridge or Aperture) and a basic understanding of Photoshop.

We will select a group of about 24 participants and provide at least 4 tutors chosen among internationally recognized photographers. The participants will be provided with accommodation
and a substantial per diem for the duration of the workshop. Travel expenses to and from Siem Reap will not be paid. We advise potential participants to look for their own sponsors for that part.

During the workshop lasting one week, the photographers are allowed to work on a story of their choice, but will need to submit it to the organizing team research which reserves the right to refuse a subject, and will need to research it before getting to the workshop.

Deadline: August 2009

Workshop dates:
November 22 to November 28, 2009.

Workshop 2009 organizers/facilitators:
Roland Neveu (based in Bangkok)
Patrick de Noirmont (Paris & Bangkok)
Olivier Nilsson (Bangkok)

Tutors (partial list):
Antoine d’Agata (Magnum Paris)
Patrick de Noirmont (AP Paris & OnAsia Bangkok)
Olivier Nilsson (Picture editor OnAsia Bangkok)
Philip Blenkinsop, Nic Dunlop,
Tim Page, John McDermott and many more.

Download Application here.

For updates. please check APW blog from time to time.

Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Photo Contest

ACB invites photographers to zoom in on biodiversity

Calling all professional, amateur and student photographers! The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is now accepting entries to the First ASEAN-wide photo contest “Zooming in on Biodiversity”.

In partnership with the European Commission, ASEAN Member States, and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, the photo contest seeks to popularize the values of biodiversity through the medium of photography.

ACB Executive Director Rodrigo U. Fuentes said only a small fraction of the global population, mostly scientists and environmentalists, understands the role that biodiversity plays in humankind’s survival.

“This lack of knowledge often translates to the lack of care for the very environment. There is an urgent need to popularize biodiversity and one effective way is to use the power of photos. By translating biodiversity and its relationship with health, food security, climate change and other everyday human issues into powerful images, we can generate a greater awareness for this often-difficult-to-grasp concept,” Fuentes said.

The contest will run until 30 August 2009 with a total of US$7,700 total prize at stake. First placers in the three categories will have an opportunity to exhibit their winning photos and attend the ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity in Singapore on 21 – 23 October 2009 for free. Open to all residents of ASEAN Member States Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam, the contest welcomes entries which are exclusive to the contest, unpublished, and not submitted to previous contests. Entries should capture various images related to biodiversity (plants, animals, marine life, ASEAN Heritage Parks) or the many benefits that biodiversity brings to human beings, its importance, the threats biodiversity face (deforestation, climate change), or how biodiversity affects lives. Photos showing initiatives to protect biodiversity resources such as plants, animals, and marine species are also welcome. Entries can also depict biodiversity as source of food (food and agriculture); biodiversity as source of medicine (health and medicine); biodiversity as source of shelter; biodiversity and climate change; the aesthetic value of biodiversity; biodiversity as source of livelihood; and biodiversity and ecotourism.

For more info, click here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

SUNDANCE

Justify FullSUNDANCE
by Kawayan de Guia, Neal Oshima, Julius Clar and Allan Razo,
Silverlens Gallery
June 24, 2009, WED, 6-9pm

Silverlens Gallery proudly presents Sundance, a collection of photograms by Kawayan de Guia, Neal Oshima, Allan Razo and Julius Clar. The artists take a back-to-basics approach and utilize alternative photographic processes--Platinum Prints, Cyanotypes, Kallitypes (Vandyke Prints) and Gum Bichromate Prints--that antedate the first silver gelatin photographs by more than a century.

Amid the digital age, of hyper-progression and technological advancement, de Guia, Oshima, Razo and Clar take a retro step to the most basic and organic of photographic processes using the sun as their 'darkroom'. Each process is an arduous one, subject to uncontrollable variables that demand fastidious experimentation. Each uniquely imperfect print is a suggestive abstraction of its original subject, this artisanal nature contributes to its longevity.

Sundance is about contemporary interest in the archaic processes that were developed at the birth of photography. It has been suggested that the alternative process movement is a reaction to the anti-photography esthetic of post-modernist art. It has also been noted that the widespread interest in processes like the Daguerreotype, glass-plate collodion, albumen printing, camera obscura, etc. coincided with the advent of digital photography. It should be further noted that with the predominance of digital imagemaking even silver-gelatin printing, analogue black and white or color photography conducted in a darkroom, could now be considered an alternative process.

For a contemporary photographer exploration of these processes is a
combination of archeology and alchemy. Ancient techniques must be researched in archaic tomes and unstable potions must be mixed in near darkness. Obscure papers must be procured, cut, sized and carefully handcoated with light-sensitive solutions. In this respect it is the very opposite of digital photography and for some of its most passionate adherents this is possibly its greatest attraction.

Others are attracted by the tremendous diversity that these processes offer. Digital photography, for all of its ease of use, tends to produce prints that look very much the same, particularly when compared to the range of images produced by these archaic means. Some find the evidence of the hand of the artist in the final print and the unrepeatable nature of many of the techniques deeply satisfying. Platinum and palladium printing, for example, offer a tonality that even the most technically sophisticated digital printers have yet to match.

For the collector, when the guaranteed lifespan of an inkjet print is a few decades, these prints offer proven longevity. Excellent prints from the earliest days of the medium remain. Many of these processes are as archivally stable as the paper that they are printed on. But, for a contemporary collector, their real value is their unique beauty, expressed through the vision and craft of the artist who made them.

—Neal Oshima, June 2009

Sundance by Kawayan de Guia, Neal Oshima, Allan Razo and Julius Clar opens at 6 pm in Silverlens Gallery on June 24 and runs until the July 25, 2009.

For inquiries, contact Silverlens Gallery at 2/F YMC Bldg. II, 2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati, 816-0044, 0905-2650873, or manage@silverlensphoto.com. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7pm and Saturdays 1–6pm. www.silverlensphoto.com.

Image: Detail, Allan Razo, Shell 3, 2005, and Cactus, 2004

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Mus-mus' @ Paris Project

@Paris is a return to an early and sustaining subject of photography -- Paris.

Jurors: Stephen Shore and Gil Blank

Deadline: July 14, 2009

As with @600 Mus-Mus will strive to use the ease and power of the web combined with the talents and camaraderie of the global photography community to develop a striking online archive of images. This time the focus is around this singular place, Paris, as seen through the vision of photographers from all parts of the world.

It is fitting that Paris, lovingly called "The City of Light" should have been one of the first and most thoroughly photographic and photographed places on earth. The list of Paris' photographers runs from Daguerre and Nadar to Brassai, Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson and from Atget to Man Ray, Kertez and Klein and many more, a remarkable number of photography's greatest artists made their mark 'a travers' Paris. Their photographs and publications have fixed in our mind's eye a vision of Paris that is beautiful, often as edgy as elegant, and always complex.

Submission details
Conditions

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

12 Artists Short-listed ofr 2009 Ateneo Art Awards


The Ateneo Art Gallery along with presenters Shangri-La Plaza, Unionbank, Metro Society, Style of the Philippine Star, and sponsors Smart Communications and the Lifestyle Network are pleased to announce the twelve artists short-listed for the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards. The artists were chosen for their outstanding exhibitions over the past year from among over a hundred nominations received during the initial judging held on 8 June 2009.

The short-listed artists are:

Martha Atienza for Man in Suit, 1 - 22 April 2009, Green Papaya Art Projects

Alan Balisi for Spacing Out, 8 - 29 September 2008, Blanc Compound

Ringo Bunoan for Archiving Roberto Chabet, 3 March - 4 April 2009, Vargas Museum

Joey Cobcobo for 8 Printmakers, 8 - 30 September 2008, Avellana Art Gallery

Kiri Dalena for Keeping the Faith, 13 November 2008 - 4 April 2009, Lopez Memorial Museum

Kidlat De Guia for Sleeping White Elephants, 7 - 30 June 2008, Galleria Duemila

Christina Dy for Soaplands, 25 July - 30 August 2008, CCP

Patricia Eustaquio for Death to the Major Viva Minor, 16 October -22 November 2008, SLab

Jan Leeroy New for Terratoma II (War of the Worlds) in Singapore Biennale 2008, 11 September - 16 November 2008, Singapore City Hall

Goldie Poblador for The Perfume Bar: Collected Memories and Ephemeral Representations in Thesis Exhibition, 24 March - 3 April 2009, Corredor Gallery, UP Diliiman

Pam Yan Santos for Like, 3 - 24 November 2008, Blanc Compound

Michelline Syjuco for Armadillon, 8 August - 8 October 2008, Mag:net Gallery

This year's crop truly embodies the theme of this year's Awards, The Next Wave, with its selection of diverse and contemporary art practices ranging from installation, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture signifying the innovative spirit of this prestigious contemporary art prize. With the exception of Christina Dy, all the short-listed artists are first-time nominees.

From among the twelve artists, three will be chosen as recipients of the Awards. The Jury will be meeting to determine the three winners on 29 June 2009. The results will be revealed during the Awards ceremony on 13 August 2009 at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City in the midst of an exhibition of the short-listed artists' works that will be on show from 7 - 17 August 2009.

For more information, please contact Amanda Legasto, Project Coordinator for the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards at 4260088/09176283362 or email alegasto@ateneo. edu.
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