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30 April 2007

Fiesta Europa 2007

Europe Fiesta
In celebration of of the 50th Year of the Treaty of Rome

Some events that might be of interest to you:

European Car Show
4 to 27 May, 2007
Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City

A Day with John Shelley
A workshop by British Children's Book illustrator John Shelley, in cooperation with The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and the British council.
26 May 2007 - 9AM to 5PM
The British Council, 10/F Taipan Place, Emerald Ave., Ortigas Centre, Pasig City

EU Racing Cup
3 June 2007
Sta. Ana Race Track, Sta. Ana, Manila

Images of Germany/ Deutschandblider: 8 Photographic Positions
June 7-21, 2007
Goethe Institut Manila, 5/F Adamson Centre, 121 Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makai City

Europe Ko 'to On-the-Spot Drawing Contest
24 June 2007
The Podium, ADB Avenue, Pasig City

Source: PDI, April 29, 2007 Issue.

For complete schedule, please click here.

Silverlens Foundation Acquisition Show 2007

Silverlens Foundation Acquisition Show 2007 I May 8, 2007

See the first permanent collection of photography in the Philippines. Representing different themes, visions and modes of practice, the silverlens foundation acquisition grant awardees showcase the diversity of contemporary Philippine photography.

Press Conference (For Press and Media): 12 nn - May 8, 2007
Reception for the Artists (For the Public): 6 pm - May 8, 2007

Art Programs for the Public (free admission)
May 12 - Overview of Silverlens Foundation Grant Program
May 19 - Artist Talk by Poklong Anading
May 26 - Artist Talk by Jose Enrique Soriano.

To know more about the show, visit Silverlens.

29 April 2007

Parallel images: Images of UK and the Philippines

For Filipinos living in the UK, you may catch up with Nico Sepe's exhibit entitled Parallel Images.

To know more about the exhibit, please click here.

Will you vote this May 2007 Elections?

Last March, I posted in this blog an image (a poster) which came from a group of concerned photojournalists. It is their aim to raise awareness for Filipinos to vote responsibly for the coming May 2007 elections. That same poster was also my screensaver in my office PC and even used to replace my photo in my Friendster account.

Seeing the screensaver, one manager mused “Napaka makabayan naman ng screensaver mo.” The he asked “Boboto ka ba?” “Yes, Sir, I will” I replied. “Ako di ako boboto, wala din namang nangyayari sa atin!” he said. A colleague butts in “Ako din, Sir. Di ako boboto kasi puro pandaraya lang ang gagawin nila!”

It seems that they had exceeded the threshold and can’t help but to feel frustrated, disgusted and hopeless with this political exercise mired with cheating and controversy, like many Filipinos do. Who can blame them anyway? I too, must admit that I felt the same but I beg to differ. For me, my non-participatory in this political exercise is a point gained not by us voters, but by those who are trying to undermine the electoral processes – those some self-serving politicians, who are so enamored with their positions under the guise of public service. So, if you’re fed up with some of those inept TraPos (traditional politicians), and public officials dragging their wives and sons and daughters in building their political dynasties - now is the time! After all, "it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness." You may Sign-up for VforCE: 1 million Volunteers for Clean Elections.

27 April 2007

French Spring Manila 07

Celebrate a three month-long feast for the senses, as the Alliance Francaise de Manille and the French Embassy in the philippines invite you to a redezvous of the very best in French and Filipino Culture.

Several activities are lined up, please check Alliance's site.

I remember, one of the most sought after event by photographers is the Fete De La Musique. Apprently, it was not included in the schedule. Instead, you might want to catch up with The Manila Jazz Festival (French guest: Thomas Encho Trio) to be held at the Sofitel philippine Plaza on June 15 at 6PM.

For more info, please contact:
Alliance Française de Manille

Objectif Paris Photo Exhibit

Objectif Paris
Paris through the eyes of the most famous French photographers
Ayala Museum May 15 - June27

Paris is the town where photography was officially born. This is also where it has naturally evolved and transformed throughout the years, in such a way that Paris is now considered the capital of photography.

Objectif Paris is a celebration of the History of Photography in Paris. The exhibit, composed of 86 clichés, has been following an itinerary around the world for several years and will be in Manila for one and a half month in May and June.

The History of Paris, starting with the World exhibit of 1900 until now, is perceived through the eyes of famous photographers such as Henri Cartier Bresson, Jean Auvigne, Marc Riboud.

The pictures come from 5 renowned public collections in Paris: la Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, le musée Carnavalet, le musée d'Art moderne, la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, et le Fonds municipal d'Art contemporain.

To maintain the original pictures in the best conditions, it has been decided that the traveling exhibit will be made of recent clichés, controlled by each of their photographer.

This Photo Exhibit is part of the French Spring Manila (March 29-June 20) 2007, being organized by the Alliance Francaise De Manille, French Embassy in the Philippines, Mairie De Paris & Ayala Museum.

Hi! Europe Calling Photo Exhibition

"Hi! - Europe Calling"
A Photo Exhibition of the German Embassy Manila
Alliance Francaise de Manille - April 30 - May 6, 2007

Fifty years after the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the European Union has come a long way. In particular, it has achieved its original goal to secure long-term peace in Europe, as war within the EU has become all but inconceivable. Many citizens are now asking why the association of states which is the European Union is still necessary in the 21st century. ”Hi!- Europe Calling” answers this question by highlighting some of the fields in which European integration has brought international results.

25 April 2007

BANAUE Trekking and Shooting Tour

George Cabig, a noted Filipino Photographer is inviting anyone interested to join him in the BANAUE Trekking and Shooting Tour on May 3 to 6, 2007

PHP 5,500.00 per pax. Include all fees; transportation, food, lodging and wholesome fun.

Route: Mt.Pula, Mt.Cambulo, Mt.Batad, and Banaue town.

1. Warm clothes according to your fashion statement (wholesome lang po)
2 Travel Water Bottle
3. Toiletries
4. Bags for pasalubong and souvenirs
5. Sunblock and lipbalm
6. Camera
7. Bonnet & mittens, hat or cap, umbrella,
8. Raincoat & wind breaker & sweater & Jacket
9. Trail food/snack (chocolates, chips, fruits, jelly, powerbar
10. Good Happy Sense of Humor

For more info, email him at:

24 April 2007

Workshop on Nude Photography

Workshop on Nude Photography

May 2, 2007 (Wednesday) at 2:00-4:00 pm

Venue: Exhibition Center for Contemporary Arts (ECCA)
Chateau Verde Bldg., Valle Verde I, Pasig City

Fee: Php 1,000.00

Due to the limited number of slots, interested participants
are requested to register in advance prior to the workshop
by placing a partial payment of at least Php 500.00 (non-refundable) .

For more details, please call 6712069 or 09172419277

23 April 2007

Trigger Happy

I just can’t comprehend seeing a stationary subject being photographed at 10 frames per second (yes, it’s a Canon 1D Mark III)! While the whirring sound the camera creates make heads turn, this for me, is an overkill. This I saw in a recent photography workshop I have attended wherein several participants borrowed the unit and shot the same subject on burst mode. Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

20 April 2007

La Foto del Día Photo Contest at International Book Day, Instituto Cervantes Manila

On April 21, the Instituto Cervantes in Manila will join all the international celebrations on the World Book Day by organising a series of cultural events open to the general public, from 10am to midnight. Instituto Cervantes will be having an Open House, ‘round the clock fiesta to commemorate the International Book Day. Among the activities being organized are:

Feria del Libro Book Fair

Saturday’s main attraction is the Book Fair. We will be offering more than 4,000 brand new books at token prices (starting from 20 Php). The fair will also include books by popular Filipino publishing firms and leading bookstores at 20% off. As per Spanish tradition, every book buyer will receive a rose (while supplies last). In addition, the first 200 hundred buyers will receive a free copy of the novel Don Quijote de la Mancha. More surprise gifts will await visitors throughout the day!

Cultural events and freebies!

On this day, at 12:30 pm, there will be Spanish Wine and Cheese Tasting. We will also have FREE Latin dance classes (at 3:00 pm), as well as jazz shows, concerts, dance performances, film showings, Spanish wine & cheese tasting. Guided tours of the Instituto Cervantes building will also be done at different schedules.

Also, on this day, visitors may avail of a FREE Spanish class for beginners!Two Spanish on-line presentations are also included in the list of events. Guests may also participate in the diagnostic exam, Test your Spanish.

New students who enroll on April 21st will be given a 20% discount off the regular price. (Only valid for certain schedules and full payment).
La Foto del Día (Photo of the Day)

La Foto del Día Photo Contest Don’t own a $1000 camera? ¡No hay problema! All you need is a cellphone equipped with a camera. Pictures must be of subjects (people, objects, events, etc.) as seen within the grounds of the Instituto Cervantes during the Día del Libro. All entries must be received before 6:00 pm on April 21, 2007. Approach the Photo Contest booth to register and to submit your photo(s). There will be a First Priz of 10,000 Php plus a free Spanish course at Instituto Cervantes, and a Second Prize of 5,000 Php plus a set of books.Don’t want to submit an entry? You can also join by voting for your favorite photo (A set of books will be raffled among voters!)

To know about the International Book Day 2007, click here.
Contests -and prizes!International Book Day @ Instituto CervantesInstituto Cervantes855 Kalaw St., 1000 Ermita. Manila (To see map click here)
Tel. (632) 526 1482 - 85 Fax (632) 526 1449

19 April 2007

Timeless: A Fine Art Photography Exhibit


Photographs by:

Eastwood Cinema Lobby, Eastwood City, Libis Quezon City

Opening Cocktails on April 21 at 3pm
Exhibit will run until May 12, 2007

How to Win or Lose an Election by Photo Op

I've been browsing Dirck Halstead's site The Digital Journalist and found an interesting piece written by Mr. Halstead which might be of interest to fellow photographers and to some spin doctors (of the current roster of politicians running 'to serve' the public office). Here's Mr. Halstead's commentary in its entirety:

How to Win or Lose an Election by Photo Op
November 2006

by Dirck Halstead

Over a period of more than 30 years I covered presidential campaigns and the White House. Regardless of how well planned and well-intentioned the people who undertake to lead the nation are, their success or failure is often determined by photo ops.

On election eve in 1968 I witnessed a remarkable sight. Presidential Republican candidate Richard Nixon had just touched down at an airbase in Orange County, Calif. The sun had set in the western sky, and as Nixon emerged from the United charter to come home to vote, the sound of massed bands filled the air, playing "Ruffles and Flourishes." From a stadium at the edge of the tarmac, hundreds of cheerleaders formed an aisle to the bottom of the ramp at planeside. They all held flaming torches, leading to the entrance to the stadium that had been built for the event. Nixon walked down the corridor to a stage, where none other than John Wayne was waiting to greet him for his last rally of the campaign.

This spectacle was the brainchild of a senior Nixon advance man, Tim Elbourne. Several weeks earlier I had entertained him at my apartment in New York during a campaign stop. I had a 16mm print of Leni Riefenstahl's famous documentary, "Triumph of the Will," which had been filmed during a Nazi party rally in Nuremberg in 1934 that consolidated Adolph Hitler's rise to power. As I turned off the projector, I saw a weird light appear in Elbourne's eyes. Landing in Orange County, he told me, "You're about to get a big surprise!"

Elbourne was the master of the "photo op." Each day he would scan the front pages of newspapers to see how they were playing pictures of Nixon on the campaign. Although Nixon's campaign manager, Herb Klein, prided himself on how many minutes the candidate got on the evening newscasts, Elbourne, on the other hand, would define success simply by looking at the front page of The New Daily News.

It was John Kennedy who really created the idea of the "photo op," as a way of crafting his image. He surrounded himself with photojournalists such as George Tames of The New York Times, Stan Tretick of Look magazine and Paul Shutzer of Life, making sure they had exclusive access to him during the campaign. Jacqueline Kennedy was no shrinking violet when it came to shaping her image with photographs, by anointing photographer Jacques Lowe to document her role as first lady.

What Kennedy's and Nixon's handlers realized was that a still image had a lasting impact when it came to public perception, far more than television. Further, by crafting events that would show off their candidate or president in the best light, a powerful message could be delivered, free of the commentary of reporters.

For some reason, the Republicans seem to grasp this idea more than Democrats. Ronald Reagan was a photographer's dream. Being an actor by trade, he in many ways regarded the Oval Office as his "set." The photo op actually became the reality. Not only was the public's perception of the "Gipper" defined by these photographs, but his policies were also shaped the same way. Even the Soviets began to understand how formidable these images became, as he stood in front of the Berlin Wall and called out, "Mr. Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!"

Jimmy Carter, on the other hand, never got it. Formless cardigan sweaters and baggy raincoats would shape his image. In fact, two photographs stand out as representative of the perception of Carter. One was when, against the advice of his advisors, he decided to run in a marathon near Camp David, and nearly collapsed halfway through the event. The next day, newspapers around the world displayed the picture of the exhausted president on their front pages, under the headline, "American Mission to Rescue Hostages in Iran Ends in Desert Disaster." On another occasion, while vacationing in Georgia, a rabbit started to swim in circles around Carter's boat while he was fishing, and the president started to flail away at it with his oar. This photograph became known as the "attack of the killer rabbit."

Michael Dukakis may have been on his way to a victory in the presidential campaign of 1988 when a hapless advance team decided to let him take a ride in a tank at the General Motors plant in Michigan. Arthur Grace, a photographer for Time magazine, seeing what was about to happen, turned to the campaign manager and said, "It's all over!"

Gerald Ford also became a victim of the lens. Ford was one of the best athletes who ever occupied the Oval Office, but one slip on a slick stair coming off of Air Force One in Europe became a defining moment that he endured throughout his presidency, as comedian Chevy Chase endlessly did pratfalls playing the president in countless "Saturday Night Live" sketches on NBC.

George H.W. Bush loved to be around photographers. He called them his "Photo Dogs."

He was very at ease in front of the cameras. Unfortunately, his sense of humor often projected itself as simply being "goofy." Whether it was grimacing as he swung his golf club or holding a doll of his wife Barbara during a campaign appearance, the images drove his handlers crazy. Actually, one photograph may have been his final undoing during the '92 campaign. While visiting a grocers' convention in New Orleans, he was photographed standing near a cash register as a new system of inventorying by computer was being unveiled. One reporter in the pool remarked, "Look at him. He's never been in a checkout line!" That line, along with the picture, defined a president who many thought was "out of touch" with ordinary Americans.

Bill Clinton liked to model himself after John Kennedy. Actually, photographers used to call Kennedy "Jack The Back." That was because the president had a habit of turning his back to photographers until he was fully in control of how he wanted to look. Clinton, like Kennedy, was a master of projecting his image. His face just seemed so full of empathy. He could tear up at the drop of a hat when the occasion demanded it. For six years, I felt I could never get past that mask. Finally, as the Monica Lewinsky incident became public, Clinton was sitting next to the first lady at an event in Maryland. The news the night before had been full of the latest revelations. The first lady on this occasion was having nothing to do with him. Feeling the acute chill, Clinton's jaw muscle started to clench. This went on for minutes. Finally, I thought, "I've got you!"

My friend, John Morris, who is active in the American Democratic Party in Paris, blames me singlehandedly for the Democrats' defeat in 2000. He insists that my photograph of Clinton embracing Monica Lewinsky at a fund-raiser in Washington just before the 1996 election was the "smoking gun" that eventually led to his impeachment proceedings.

The photograph had sat unnoticed in boxes of images that I had taken during the 1996 campaign, until the first photographs of Monica Lewinsky began to surface following the election. Even though I had never seen the photograph, I remembered that face. Somewhere, I thought, I had photographed her with the president. Weeks later, a researcher working for me, going through thousands of photographs stashed in a light room at Time in Washington, found that single image.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Regardless of how we get our information, whether it's in print or on the World Wide Web, it is still the power of photography to isolate those moments in time.

© Dirck Halstead
Editor and Publisher of The Digital Journalist

Dirck Halstead was Time magazine's Senior White House Photographer for 29 years. He now is the Publisher and Editor of The Digital Journalist, the monthly online magazine for visual journalism, and a Senior Fellow at the Center For American History at the University of Texas in Austin.

Commentary: How to Win or Lose an Election by Photo Op

"Ganito kami noon" 5th One Man Art Exhibition by Anthony Nañola

Opening Cocktails April 20, 2007, 6pm Artes Orientes Phils. Inc, 2F North Parking Bldg. SM Mall of Asia, SM Bay City, Pasay City 1300 Philippines. (near cinema hallway) Exhibit will run upto April 30.

18 April 2007

The 2007 World Press Photo Exhibition in Manila

The 2007 World Press Photo Exhibition, an annual traveling exhibition showcasing outstanding news photos, will be shown in Manila for three weeks in May through the sponsorship of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ) and the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

About 200 photographs comprising the winning photos in the annual World Press Photo competition.will be exhibited in three venues. The show’s first leg is at The Podium, from May 2 - 8. It will then move to the Mall of Asia from May 10 - 16, and then to The Block from May 18 -24.

The World Press Photo competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious annual contest in press photography, has been run by the Amsterdam-based World Press Photo Foundation since 1955. This year’s competition drew 4,448 photographers from 122 countries, submitting a total 83,044 images of last year’s events. An international jury of 13 members screened the entries for 10 award categories such as spot news, environment, sports.

The top award - the World Press Photo of the Year 2006 – was won by Spencer Platt (US) for a photo taken during Israel’s bombing of Lebanon last year. Many pictures that have won this top award have become symbols of world history, such as Charlie Cole's 1989 photo of a lone demonstrator confronting a line of tanks on Tiananmen Square and Nick Huynh's 1972 photo of Vietnamese children fleeing a napalm bomb attack.

The annual exhibition is shown each year in about 85 venues in 40 countries, attracting millions of viewers. This year makes the third time the show will come to Manila.

The World Press Photo, an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was founded in 1955 to foster internationally the work of professional press photographers. In support of the Dutch NGO’s work, the Royal Netherlands Embassy is cooperating with the ACFJ to bring the exhibit to Manila. The ACFJ offers courses to working journalists in Asia with the aim of fostering excellence in journalism. It has pioneered in offering journalism education using online distance education methods. Among its latest offerings is a Diploma in Photojournalism.

A selection of the winning images may be downloaded from the World Press Photo Download Area after site registration.

17 April 2007

World Light Expo 2007

I was able to visit the World Light Expo before it closes on April 22. Habol pa!

16 April 2007

Pacquiao Mania

I almost missed watching Pacquiao-Solis bout yesterday as I need to go to Divisoria. On my way, I chanced upon this group of men in jubilation as Filipino boxer and political candidate Manny Pacquiao wins against his Mexican challenger Jorge Solis by TKO on the eight round. His fight was tinged with political undertone and people had mixed reactions on Pacquiao's recent involvement in Philippine Politics.

13 April 2007

How To Edit To Win

'Been reading a book entitled Photo Portfolio Success by John Kaplan and I just thought of sharing with you the process behind editing photos for your portfolio:


Gather your best images and throw away your preconceptions

Start strong
Find your very best photo!

End strong
If your last photo is remembered, you will be too.

Add 'must-have' pictures
These are the pictures that you absolutely cannot live without.

Add photos that clients demand
Based on your specialty, learn what is expected in your genre.

Eliminate redundant images
Take out everything that makes the same point twice.

Remove anything the least bit marginal
Do not rationalize situations that could have been better, stick with only the very best.

Keep it moving in the middle
Pace your photos and mix different types throughout.

Demonstrate versatility
Vary the content mix as well as lens choices and types of composition.

Get feedback
For the final polish on your edit, find a guest editor for constructive criticism.

From: Photo Portfolio Success by John Kaplan

10 April 2007

My Good 'ol Oly

My very first camera - Olympus OM1N way back in '93.

05 April 2007

Shoot From the Heart

Your portfolio should convey inspiration, not information. To improve, be open to shooting from your heart, not just mastering technique, says Moran. Indeed, seemingly magical photos often come from photographers who may not possess the most outstanding technical skills, but instead a passion to share their joy of discovery.

As Outdoor Photographer columnist Dewitt Jones says, “Before you focus your camera, you must first focus yourself.” Confidence, curiosity, and a childlike sense of wonder are traits embodied by inspired photographers like John Shaw, Art Wolfe, or Frans Lanting.

“Technical excellence is less important than emotional impact. Too many people get bogged down in the rules of photography. It is art, not a rote formula with a checklist of right and wrong. That can take the life out of it,” says Fitzgerald.

“When I’m at my best, it’s not about the picture, it’s about the experience of being out there in nature chasing the light, open to appreciating the gifts of the planet,” says Moran.

from: Photo Portfolio Success by John Kaplan

03 April 2007

The PinoyCentric FLICKR PRO Account Giveaways

To those of you who had an account at Flickr, PinoyCentric is giving away a PRO Account. Yes, you heard it right.

In fact, I was caught by surprise when I received a notification from the group moderator, Mr. Armand Frasco (a.k.a. Bluman) that I'm one of the recipients of a complimentary FLICKR PRO Account from PinoyCentric. I almost jumped for joy upon reading the notice! Oh, it's been since I've tried looking for kindred souls who are willing to secure an account on my behalf - but to no avail (Kung bakit kasi walang PayPal sa 'Pinas!).

To PinoyCentric, Dyos mabalos!*

*It's a Bicolano way of saying "May God repay your kindess"

The plight of photography as art

Clarissa Chikiamco, writes "No other medium has taken off to incredibly popularity as photography. Unfortunately, however, the number of camera-owning people has not translated into an equal number of people interested in photography as an art."

read more | digg story

02 April 2007

Please vote for my entries at WHO Photo & Video Contest

I was surprised to know that two of my entries (Black & White & Color category) were finalist in World Health Organization's Photo & Video Contest: Images of Health & Disability and is now on votation. I also noticed that I'm the lone finalist from the Philippines.

Title: Life Under the Bridge

Title: Slum Dwellers

Please cast your vote here.

Public voting open from 26 March- 30 April 2007. Your support is highly appreciated. Thank you so much.