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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Teodulo Protomartir

Old Sta. Mesa by Teodulo Protomartir (see image source here)

Teodulo Protomartir is one of the first Filipino photographer who popularized the use of 35mm cameras during the 30's and 50's - a time when large format was the norm (source).  Some of his work will be shown in an exhibition titled 'Being There 1946: The Legacy of Teodulo Protomartir' at Silverlens Gallery on the 9th of June 2010.

Can't wait to hear Uro dela Cruz talk about Protomartir - the man who accidentally found Protomartir's work in a thrift shop in Manila.




Being There 1946: The Legacy of Teodulo Protomartir

Being There 1946: The Legacy of Teodulo Protomartir
June 9, Wednesday | 6-9pm
Silverlens Gallery

Teodulo Protomartir was there in 1946 when the Americans gave the Philippines its independence. On July 4, he witnessed the birth of the Philippine Republic. For the first time, the Philippine flag flew alone and free. The Filipino crowd cheering by, planes flying overhead, floats lining the parade…a celebration it was. And Protomartir caught it all on still camera.

Protomartir, the photographer who first brought the 35mm format to the Philippines and actively promoted photography through his photo club and radio show, shows us a monumental event in Philippine history and the Manila that enveloped it. Considered as the Father of Philippine photography, Protomartir captured the city in ruins from the Second World War, its battle wounds and its restoration – scenes we thought only survived in memory.  He captures post-war Manila’s architecture and landscape, with Filipinos going about their daily business in familiar places such as Intramuros, Luneta, Ermita and Quiapo as well as in buildings and bridges that are no longer, including the old Sto. Domingo Church, which is one of the six Churches that once stood in Spanish Intramuros. For almost four centuries there stood the home of Our Lady of La Naval before it was bombed in 1941.

Beyond historical evidence, the significance of Protomartir’s images is meaningful. Protomartir hands to the Filipino people cultural treasures that should remain part of Filipino consciousness and memory. Sixty-four years later, we celebrate Protomartir because through him we were there too.

Complementing this exhibit is a talk on July 1 by Carlos Celdran, celebrated tour guide and authority on Manila’s history. Entitled Placing The Transition, the talk bridges 1946 and 2010 with photos of the places Protomartir photographed as they are today. Uro dela Cruz will also be giving an introduction to Protomartir, the man behind it all. The talk will be on July 1, Thursday, 6-8pm at Silverlens Gallery.

The Images of Being There 1946: The Legacy of Teodulo Protomartir were printed by Billy Mondoñedo.

Words: Bea Davila, Image: Teodulo Protomartir, 4 (top left), 12 (top right), 417-418 (bottom), 1946

Source 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Manila from the Sky: A Photo Exhibit by Pierre-Emmanuel MICHEL


KAIDA Gallerry
June 6, 2010 at 6:00-9:00 pm   
26 Scout Torillo Corner Scout Fernandez, Sacred Heart, Timog
Quezon City, Philippines

Pierre-Emmanuel MICHEL, a french graphic designer based in Manila, has an enduring fascination and warm affinity to Philippines's people and culture. He shows a bird’s eye view of Manila’s patchworks of color and life, graphic impressions, structural labyrinths, and the people traversing its wide avenues and entangled street alleyways. From the mysterious early morning grays cloaking the city to the pulsating neon lights that beckon at night, he captures a spectrum of action and calm from a vantage point rarely seen by passersby.

Freezing moments, places and characters with large-format printouts on archival paper, Pierre-Emmanuel’s jaunts on camera translate into an infinite quest for what makes Manila -- the saturation of colors that come with the light, changing each moment of the day; the lines and structures that intersect and weave, creating shapes that slice and dice at visual perception; the depths, angles and dark corners that invite further scrutiny, never exposing too much: from a distance, beguiling in its mystery, Manila from the Sky demands a closer look.

See  Pierre-Emmanuel Michel website here.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sining Ugnayan: Creating the NCR Visual Artists’ Directory

“Sining Ugnayan: Creating the NCR Visual Artists’ Directory” is a project that will identify, locate, and record in writing and document in photographs the existing visual artists and artists’ groups all over the Metro Manila. There are 16 cities and 1 municipality that make up the geographical basis for the project’s methodology. National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila is composed of 16 cities and 1 municipality (the cities of Manila, Quezon City, Pasay, Caloocan, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Paranaque, Valenzuela, Makati, Pasig, Muntinlupa, Taguig, San Juan, Navotas and Las Piñas and The Municipality of Pateros).

Qualifications (any of the following):
1. Professional Visual Artists working in Metro Manila
2. Practicing Visual Artists who are residents of Metro Manila
3. Art Groups/ Organizations established in Metro Manila

Visual Arts/ Painting (Traditional Media/ Mixed-Media)/ Illustration/ Graphic /Digital Design/ Sculpture/ Installation Art/ Photography/ Animation/ Printmaking/ Art Educators/ Art Groups/ Organizations (and other related visual arts field)

Please sign-up here before 31 May 2010

More info can be found here and here.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Felix Laureano

From the book "Recuerdos De Filipinas"by Felix Laureano

I've been wanting to know more about the work of photographer Felix Laureano who, in 1895, published a book titled 'Recuerdos De Filipinas' (said book was re-published by Instituto Cervantes last 2008) where he showed scenes of everyday life and landscapes from Panay. It is said that much of his work is in the National Library of Spain and largely comes from the Philippine Exhibition 1887.

Though conflicting statements concerning his nationality can be found here and here.

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