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08 December 2008

Little Pacquiao

Photographed last year during my visit in Libertad, Antique.

27 November 2008

Mus-mus' @600 Project

© Dennis Rito

At first blush, I wanted to capture a scene that is unmistakably very Filipino thus I decided to pick the ubiquitous sari-sari store, two blocks from where I live, as my subject. @600 internet time falls at 9:24 PM (Tuesday, Philippine Standard Time) and in this new system, 1 .beat is equals to 86.4 sec allowing me to shoot several frames before the time (.beat) lapses. 

The Sari-sari (meaning 'various kind') have been part of Filipino culture and neighborhoods isn't complete without one, both in urban and rural areas in the Philippines. These stores allow members of the community access to basic commodities (in almost anytime of the day) and save customer transportation costs, especially in rural areas. It offers a place where people can meet and discuss the latest buzz of the day. Sari-sari stores also reflects Filipinos' cenophobia (fear of space) where store owners fill up every inch of space available.

Almost a month ago, Mus-mus asked a group of 100 photographers from around the world (see earlier post here) to a synchronous way of seeing precisely @600 internet time (9:24PM, PST). The photographs had just been posted (see photos here) and am glad to know that my 'sari-sari' store photo was included in the final selections. Thanks Mus-mus for including me in this project!

A lot of great imagery! Head on to the mus-mus archive to view them.

06 November 2008

Just shoot it

Words of wisdom seldom lose their relevance..

"...give yourself the "assignment" or the "grant" that you would dream someone would give you....find a personal project and do it without regard for later "sales"...you must do this in your "spare time"....make your "spare time" longer and longer and longer.....the best kind of "commercial success" or "artistic success" will come to you only if you work in this way.....it will come in ways that you cannot imagine....you cannot plan for this....you must go with your gut...only in this way will anyone, editor or publisher or gallerist, ever see who you really are...what you really DO...this will be absolutely 100 percent not easy....this will be absolutely 100 percent worth it." David Alan Harvey

04 November 2008

Searching for Jose

I was able to drop by and photograph at Manila North Cemetery last November 1. I thought of visiting Jose, a 
guy whom I met two years ago [see photo here] and served as my guide, but to no avail.  I asked around for his location but since I failed to get his surname, I had a hard time looking for him. 

I can still remember the original location of their makeshift home squeezed between tombs. But it's  now gone and has been replaced with spanking new and multi-colored, six storey 'apartment' tombs. I had visited them at leat three times on separate occasions and even though they were poor, they were very generous and made it a point to buy some cold drinks whenever I visited  their place. I also observed that their daughters has refined manners contrary to some of the street-wise kids raised in a typical shanty town. I cannot deny that I was touched by his simplicity and kindness.  

Jose was from Gutalac, Zamboalnga del Norte  whose family are just one among the many who chose to live in the MNC. He told me that they once lived in one of the shanties-apartments beside the MNC but their budget cannot afford the rent as his family. That forces them to settle and live in a makeshift 'home' on the cemetery grounds.

This brought me to think of other kind souls we meet along the way. 

I hope I still can find Jose. Someday.

All-Souls Day Exodus

Manila North Cemetery 

30 October 2008

mus mus dot org Call for Submission

mus-mus.org invites photographers to participate to the project @600 to take place November 4th, 2008 @600 Internet time.
 
Many photographers from around the world  have been invited to make one picture on the same day at the same moment. All these photographs will be joined and archived on the website mus-mus.org for a unique document of that special day. We have invited many photographers who have agreed to join us and participate to this project.
 
We would like to add additional visions through an open call process!
 
We have reserved places for twenty-five of the participants to be selected through a juried process.  Apply now and submit an email request to participate together with a link to your website or no more than 3 jpg files at 800 pixels  larger size and 72 dpi. Please add in the subject of your email your name and country you live in. The submission should be directed to at600@mus-mus.org. If there are places remaining we will accept submissions of @600 photographs for one week after November 4 that have been made for @600 according to the project parameters. Those images and a weblink and\or CV should be submitted as outlined above.
 
You will find  all necessary information on www.mus-mus.org/at600.
All photographers who will participate to this experiment will be listed in the  mus-mus website.
 
We sincerely hope that you like this idea and will be part of this experiment @600 !
For any questions, email us at600@mus-mus.org. 

Please see conditions of participation here.

19 October 2008

Mapping Invisible Cities Photo Exhibition - Opening Reception (Manila)

Participating photographers from Manila namely (L-R): Crisitna Sevilla, Dennis Rito, Tammy David, Estan Cabigas, Gigie Cruz, Che Katigbak, Cathy Quiogue & Kidlat De Guia

Finally, our group exhibit has finally opened last October 17th at Shangri-la Plaza and I wish to thank all who came. Your presence are highly appreciated. 

Thanks too for Net-25's Tribe for the coverage. 

16 October 2008

Free Online Video Seminar on Copyright from Picture Archive Council of America

Understanding copyright is essential for anyone in the business of licensing images, whether you are the one offering the images or the one using them.

Since ignorance of copyright law is no excuse when using a copyrighted image without consent, PACA is working diligently to provide the creative community with essential information to understand proper image licensing...

Watch the presentation here.

10 October 2008

Riders

Diptych of motorbikes I shot while travelling at the back of a pick-up truck, from Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. to Cubao, enroute to the office last night. I tried shooting cars first but its not visually effective. So I decided to shift from shooting cars to motorbike riders. 

02 October 2008

Mapping Invisible Cities Photo Exhibition - Manila

From the series 'Organized Chaos' © Dennis Rito

You are cordially invited to the opening of the Mapping Invisible Cities Photo Exhibition (Manila leg) which will open on October 17th, 2008 at the 3/F of Shangri-la Plaza Mall in  EDSA Mandaluyong. The works on show are output from the Teach & Work Workshops conducted by World Press Photo jury Peter Bialobrzeski and comprises 96 images from 28 participating photographers coming from Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. Prior to Manila exhibition, Mapping Invisible Cities kicked off in Jakarta, Indonesia (June 8-July 3, 2008) and was shown in Singapore (20 Aug - 26 Sep 2008). The show will run till November 7, 2008. 

Please confirm attendance by posting a comment or via Facebook. See you there!

Related articles/posts:

27 September 2008

Child's Play

Somewhere in QC, 2007

22 September 2008

15 September 2008

Senate Bill No. 2464: The Anti-Obscenity and Pornography Act of 2008

I must thank John Silva who sent me an email recently about Senate Bill 2464, known as the Anti-Obscenity & Pornography Bill. The Bill was passed last July 24, 2008 in the Congress, (which went unnoticed within the art/ photography circles?), and currently in the Philippine Senate will ban the showing of human bodies with exposed female breasts as pornographic because it will - "arouse impure thoughts." Anyone who exhibits or writes about it gets up to 12 years in jail and a P1 million fine.

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

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

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

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

Every creative work, be it a photograph, drawing, painting, illustrations, ads, writing, etc. was made within certain context/ intent and it is important to look under what context those works are made before you can call it art or porn. But the line "regardless of the motive of the author thereof" takes out of the context on which artistic creations (photograph, illustration, painting, drawings) are founded and made. This simply means that nudes, even done in an artful manner will fall under this category. As artists/ photographers, don't you feel your freedom being curtailed with those stipulations? And in that case, the proposed Bill violates section 4 of our Bill of Rights which states "No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press…”

John Silva mentioned several reasons why this bill MUST be junked and I quote...
The draconian features of this bill is in the penalties and punishment imposed...There are intermediate level punishments for writers but the stiffest is reserved for the artist, painter or producer of any artistic work getting 6 – 12 years in prison and from 500,000 to one million pesos in fines.

Many museums and private galleries have nude drawings, paintings and sculptures by various artists, some by national artists. These artists, numbering in the thousands are now open to obscenity and pornographic charges and liable for punishment.

The painter get the stiffest sentence of 6 – 12 years and up to 1 million pesos in fines. National Artist Bencab's nude paintings recently shown at a private gallery makes him, the gallery owner and the gallery staff liable for prison terms and get the full brunt of the law.

This anti obscenity and pornography bill can detour and go after organizations tangential to the bill's focus. For example an organization promoting family planning, safe sex and condom use will be considered arousing prurient interest (meaning an excessive interest in sex) and can be hauled to jail.

... who decides good customs, and whose religious beliefs and principles and doctrines are we favoring? There are organizations that do not subscribe to that culture such as indigenous people's organizations, minority religious organizations, organizations promoting alternative lifestyles... Their beliefs can now be deemed contrary to the prevailing customs and punishable.

... obscenity charge can be made on anyone "regardless of the motive of the producer." This means if an artist draws nudes to simply learn how to draw anatomy, the government can dismiss his motive outright and declare the drawing obscene and pornographic. 


For the sake of all concerned, I am posting hereunder the proposed Bill in its entirety...

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FOURTEENTH CONGRESS OF THE)
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES )
Second Regular Session

SENATE

S.No. 2464
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Introduced by Senator Manny Villar
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EXPLANATORY NOTE

It is the duty c the State to give special value to the dignity of every human person and to promote and safeguard its integrity and the moral, spiritual and social well-being of its citizenry, especially the youth in general and women in particular, from the pernicious effects of obscenity and pornography.

This Bill aims to criminalize the publication, broadcast, exhibition of pornographic materials including images that appear in traditional media such as,but not limited to, paper, celluloid, film, magnetic tapes or through airwaves or through the use of computers, the internet, cyberspace, Internet chat, chat rooms, web sites, electronic mails optical media, and other technological advancements thereof to protect the morals of the society.

Approval of this bill is earnestly sought.

                                                                                                                    (Sgd.) Manny Villar

 
AN ACT PROHIBITING AND PENALIZING THE PRODUCTION, PRINTING, PUBLICATION, IMPORTATION, SALE, DISTRIBUTION AND EXHIBITION OF OBSCENE AND PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIALS AND THE EXHIBITION OF LIVE SEXUAL ACTS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE ARTICLE 201 OF THE REVISED PENAL CODE, AS AMENDED

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. Title. - This Act shall be known as the "Anti-Obscenity and Pornography Act of 2008".

SEC. 2. Declaration of Policy. - It is the policy of the State to give special value to the dignity of every human person and to promote and safeguard its integrity and the moral, spiritual and social well-being of its citizenry, especially the youth in general and women in particular, from the pernicious effects of obscenity and pornography.

To effectively enforce this policy, the government shall wage a relentless campaign against obscenity and pornography. Likewise, the government shall see to it that educational institutions are complying with their constitutional mandate to strengthen ethical and spiritual values and to develop moral character and personal discipline.

SEC. 3. Definition of Terms. -As used in this Act, the following terms shall mean:

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

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

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

(c) "Mass media" refers to film, print, broadcast, electronic and outdoor media including, but not limited to, internet, newspapers, tabloids, magazines, newsletters, books, comic books, billboards, calendars, posters, optical discs, magnetic media, future technologies, and the like.

(d) "Materials" refers to all movies, films, television shows, photographs, music, games, paintings, drawings, illustrations, advertisements, writings, literature or narratives, whether produced in the Philippines or abroad.

(e) "Sex" refers to the area of human behavior concerning sexual activity, sexual desires and instinct, and their expressions.

(f) "Sexual act" refers to having sex or the act of satisfying one's sexual instinct

SEC. 4. Punishable Acts. - The following acts are declared illegal and punishable:

(a) Prodycing, printing, showing, exhibiting, importing, selling, advertising or distributing obscene or pornographic materials in all forms of mass media;

(b) Causing the showing or exhibition, distributing or the printing, publication or advertising, or the selling of obscene or pornographic materials in all forms of mass media;

(c) Showing, exhibiting, selling, or distributing obscene or pornographic movies in whatever format, whether produced in the Philippines or abroad, in any restaurant, club or other places open to the public, including private buildings, places or houses where the viewers are not limited to them owners thereof and the members of his family;

(d) Writing any obscene or pornographic article in any print or electronic medium;

(e) Performing, demonstrating, acting or exhibiting any obscene or pornographic act in any form of mass media; and 

(f) Performing, demonstrating, acting or exhibiting any obscene or pornographic act in any form of mass media; and act in public, public places or any place open to public viewing.

SEC. 5. Penalties. - The following penalties shall be imposed upon any person found guilty of committing any of the prohibited acts under Section 4 of this Act:

(a) For producing, printing, showing, exhibiting, importing, selling, advertising or distributing obscene or pornographic materials in all forms of mass media, the penalty of prision mayor, imprisonment of not less than six (6) years and one (I) day nor more than twelve (12) years and a fine of not less than Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) nor more than One million pesos (PI ,000,000.00) shall be imposed;

(b) For causing the showing or exhibition, distributing or the printing, publication or advertising, or the selling of obscene or pornographic materials in all forms of mass media, the penalty of imprisonment of not less than three (3) years nor more than six (6) years and a fine of not less than Two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00) nor more than Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) shall be imposed;

(c) Showing, exhibiting, selling or distributing obscene or pornographic movies in whatever format, whether produced in the Philippines or abroad, in any restaurant, club or other places open to the public, including private buildings, places or houses where the viewers are not limited to the owners thereof and the members of his family, the penalty of imprisonment of not less than three (3) years nor more than six (6) years and a fine of not less than Two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00) nor more than Five hundred thousand pesos (500,000.00) shall be imposed;

(d) For writing any obscene or pornographic article in any print or electronic medium, the penalty of imprisonment of not less than three (3) years nor more than six (6) years and a fine of not less than Two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00) nor more than Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) shall be imposed;

(e) For performing, demonstrating, acting or exhibiting any obscene or pornographic act in any form of mass media, the penalty of imprisonment of not less than one (1) year nor more than three (3) years and a fine of not less than One hundred thousand pesos (Pl00,000.00) nor more than Three hundred thousand pesos (P300,000.00) shall be imposed; and

(f) For performing, or allowing the performance of, live sex or live sexual act in public, public places or any place open to public viewing, the penalty of imprisonment of not less than one (1) year nor more than three (3) years and a fine of not less than One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) nor more than Three hundred thousand pesos (P300,000.00) shall be imposed. 

In any case, if the offender is a juridical person, the president, general manager, members of the board of directors, editor-in-chief and the managers or heads of the sales, marketing and advertising departments or sections thereof, as the case may be, shall be criminally liable: Provided, that, if the offender is a foreigner, he shall, after service of sentence or payment of the fine, be subject of deportation and forever barred from entry into the country.

In case the offender is below eighteen (18) years of age, he or she shall be considered a victim of child abuse pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No. 7610, otherwise known as the "Special Protection of Children Against Abuse,  Exploitation and Discrimination Act", and shall be placed under the protective custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Any person found guilty of committing any of the acts punishable under this Act shall not be entitled to the benefits of the Probation Law. 

SEC. 6. Witness Protection and Immunity from Prosecution - Any person who provides material information, whether testimonial or documentary, necessary for the investigation or prosecution of any one committing any of the acts punishable under this Act and who testifies against such person shall be placed under the Witness Protection Program pursuant to Republic Act No. 6981and shall be immune from any criminal prosecution, subject to the pertinent provisions of Presidential Decree No. 1732, otherwise known as the Decree Providing Immunity from Criminal Prosecution to Government Witnesses, and the pertinent provisions of the Rules of Court.

SEC. 7. Duties of Government Agencies Concerned. - In addition to the law enforcement agencies responsible for monitoring and implementing the provisions of existing laws on pornography, the following government agencies are hereby mandated to provide assistance and support to ensure the effective implementation of this Act:

(a) Philippine Information Agency (PIA);
(b) Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB);
(c) Optical Media Board (OMB);
(d) National Telecommunications Commission (NTC);
(e) National Youth Commission (NYC);
(f) Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); and
(9) Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The said agencies shall, in addition to their regular functions, exercise the following duties:

(1) Monitor all mass media that fall within their respective jurisdiction;
(2) Seek the assistance of local government units (LGUs) to identify the persons responsible for the proliferation of obscene and pornographic materials;
(3) Initiate the prosecution of all persons involved in violation of this Act, Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, and other related laws;
(4) Receive complaints from the general public anent the proliferation of obscene materials within its jurisdiction and act accordingly on such complaints;
(5) Recommend the cancellation of business permits of those found violating this Act, Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, and other related laws; and
(6) Perform such acts necessary to carry out the objectives of this Act.

SEC. 8. Disposition of Materials. - Any prohibited material including tools, instruments, facilities and equipment used in the production of obscene and pornographic materials shall, after lawful seizure and final conviction of the offender, be forfeited in favor of the government and destroyed in the presence of the representatives of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and anyone from the religious, civic or youth organizations of such place in the manner as the court may order: Provided, however, That when the accused is acquitted, the materials seized shall nevertheless be forfeited in favor of the government and destroyed: Provided, further, That if the acquittal results from a finding that the materials seized are not obscene or pornographic under this Act, the materials shall be returned to the accused.

SEC. 9. lmplernenfing Rules and Regulations. -Within ninety (90) days from the effectivity of this Act, the DOJ, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the PNP, the PIA, the MTRCB, the OMB, the NTC, the NYC, the MMDA, the DPWH and other concerned government agencies shall jointly promulgate the implementing rules and regulations as may be necessary to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of the provisions of this Act: Provided, That the absence. of such implementing rules and regulations shall not prevent the arrest, prosecution and conviction of any person committing an offense under this Act.

SEC. I0. Separability Clause. - If, for any reason, any section or provision of this Act, or any portion thereof, or the application of such section, provision or portion thereof to any person, group or circumstance is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the remaining provisions of this Act shall not be affected by suchdeclaration and shall remain in force and effect.

SEC. 1 1. Repealing Clause. - The provisions of Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, and the provisions of all other laws, decrees, executive orders, rules and regulations which are inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly.

SEC. 12. Effectivity Clause. - This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in at least two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.

Approved,


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The Bill is now under deliberation in the Justice and Human Rights Committee headed by Sen. Francis Escudero (sen.escudero@gmail.com). The rest of the Committee include Sen. Benigno Aquino (benigno_aquino_iii@yahoo.com), Sen. Rodolfo Biazon (ponbiazon@yahoo.com), Sen. Alan Cayetano (alancayetano@yahoo.com), Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile (senator_enrile@senate.gov.ph), Sen. Gringo Honasan (gringo_chq@yahoo.com), & Sen. Jamby Madrigal (man@senate.gov.ph). 

09 September 2008

Facelift

I've been reading a lot of blogs on contemporary fine-art photography recently and I am somewhat influenced by the clean layout most of them have. With that, I decided to do some facelift (nothing major since am not adept in customizing blog templates) by replacing the existing template and changing the header as well. To complement the layout, I chose to use a clean and simple font - the Trebuchet MS, a humanist sans serif typeface designed by Vincent Connare (source).

Clean, white space reminds me of a gallery wall - a space designed to appreciate art. And while this blog cannot do justice on how art must be viewed, I will continue to post photographs (both mine and other artists) and use this blog as an avenue for sharing. I plan to generate more content too, as my availability dictates.

06 September 2008

Just got a copy of 'Blogging from Home' book

Just received a copy of Janette Toral's new book Blogging from Home. I find it very informative and what I like most is that it's easy to read and understand. The book is likewise replete with invaluable insights and tips based on Janette's own experience. I've been blogging since 2006 but I must admit that I have learned even more reading Blogging from Home book.

Janette will also be conducting an Blogging from Home Online Workshop.  
   

27 August 2008

Pixlr

Pixlr is a free online editor where you can edit, adjust filter, rotate, flip

Pixlr is built for non-professionals, users that have basic editing needs. It's not for large RAW images (file conversion) or for printing. It is merely a tool for editing web images to be posted on blogs, news-sites, social networks like Facebook, Bebo, and image sites like Flikr, Photobucket etc. (Pixlr FAQ)

Will try it when I have time to do some editing and post my comments here.

26 August 2008

Cutting Edge (Urban) Architecture

Photographed before typhoon Frank, which ravaged many parts of the Philippines including Iloilo, among the heavily hit provinces. I came back to the same spot after the typhoon and found this structure unscathed. 

Asian Photography Festivals You Shouldn't Miss

China Pingyao International Photography Festival
September 19, 2008 - September 26, 2008
Pingyao, China

Visit PIPF Website here.


Singapore International Photography Festival (Updated)
October 8-31, 2008

Scheduled to take place from 8 to 31 October 2008, the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is the first event of its kind in Southeast Asia. This biennial festival strives to provide a platform for Southeast Asian artists to showcase their works alongside their international peers at various venues across Singapore.

The three main festival components are the official exhibitions, workshops and a 2-day portfolio review session for 50 selected Southeast Asian photographers. This will be followed by a series of workshops facilitated by curators and senior photographers for 40 Southeast Asian photographers.

Alongside the official exhibitions and programmes, the SIPF Fringe activities will be carried out at various arts galleries, arts spaces and education institutions to promote photography across Singapore.

See SIPF programme here


4th Angkor Photography Festival
November 23 - 28, 2008
Siem Reap, Cambodia

This festival was created in 2005 and this year, for the fourth time, the temples of Angkor will become a hub that will draw both famous and passionate photographers from around the world.

The Angkor Photography Festival showcases this year outdoor projections by celebrating regional and international photographers in different locations in Siem Reap.

The strong educational goals of the Angkor Photography Festival set it apart from other photography events. During their stay, famous photographers will tutor free workshops for emerging Asian photographers and the festival will also present its outreach programs for vulnerable people.

Visit Angkor Photo Festival here.


Chobi Mela V
International Festival of Photography
January 29, 2009 - February 20, 2009
Bangladesh

With its inception in 2000 (Chobi Mela I), Chobi Mela, the first festival of photography in Asia, is one of the most exciting ventures that Bangladesh has undertaken. Organised by Drik Picture Library Ltd., Pathshala - South Asian Institute of Photography, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, The British Council, The Alliance Française, The High Commission of India and the Goethe Institut, the event the single biggest media event in Asia and the first of a regular that will become one of the highlights of the Asian calendar. Over 18 international exhibitions as well as workshops, lectures, slide show and films, throughout the month. The festival opened on the 15th December 2000, by the launch of the retrospective exhibition 2000 of the World Press Photo Foundation. The show features the most significant press photographs taken over the last forty five years, many of which have become icons in world history (view source here). 

Chobi Mela V was originally scheduled to open on November 6, 2008, however this important photography event was moved to January 29 up until February 20, 2009 according to its Festival Director, Dr. Shahidul Alam (see details here).


Visit ChobiMela website here.

19 August 2008

Blogging From Home

Janette Toral had recently launched a new book called "Blogging From Home' which I think covers everything about blogging (see topics covered here).

Blogging from Home was written for easy reading and designed for the typical Internet user who wants to learn about blogging and its various use for business or personal intent.

07 August 2008

Photojournalism goes Modern


While viewing this year's winning photographs at the recent World Press Photo Exhibit, I was reminded of Martin Parr's interview over PDN "Why Photojournalism Must Get Modern' (read an interesting comment from Jorg Colberg here). 

I noticed a lot of photographs are conceptual and seem bordering on the fine art genre. Among these are the photos of marathon runners at the finish line by Erik Refner, illegal immigrants' makeshift shelters by Jean Revillard,  portaits of Afghan women shot through an 'old-fashioned Afghan box camera' by Lana Slezic,  Olivier Culmann's photographs of television 'addicts', 'commercialized' Italian leisure parks by Massimo Siragusa and even Chuck Close portrait of the African artist Kara Walker who employed alternative process (Daguerroptype).

World Press Photo Winners Gallery here
World Press Photo Award Interviews here.

06 August 2008

Vewd

'Vewd is a documentary photography magazine aiming to continue the tradition of storytelling through a visual medium. We bring these important essays from up and coming, but largely unknown, photographers.

Matt Blalock started Vewd to provide a place for new photographers to share their documentary essays. He felt the circle of people who are ultimately responsible for exploring and representing the entire world's perspective was restricted. Vewd aims to broaden and diversify this circle; bringing in new names, ideologies, and ways of capturing, preserving and sharing the world we witness'.

29 July 2008

Flickring

'Despite all the critics who have claimed photos are “a grammar,” images are more like a half-language (as John Berger, the critic who wrote Ways of Seeing, said), always both objective and freighted with meanings that even the photographer and her audience only sometimes understand. Good photography somehow can tell more, with its pulp and its present-ness. That combination of directness and mysteriousness that is part of being a half-language must be preserved into the future. If we are to keep this history alive, we need to find ways to support professional photojournalists outside of the magazine and newspaper industry.'

Read story  here.

28 July 2008

Thanks, Jo

Jo Avila has been organizing an EB for his former Volunteer Assistants/ Students for several years now but this year is my first time to attend. I've never been an 'official student' of Jo except for a lighting workshop (where photojournalist Bobby Timonera was one of my 'classmates') and as a 'sit-in student' in his summer class in Ateneo many years back. I felt lucky  to have been selected from many PhPhotonians vying for the limited slot then. I also had the privilege to assist Jo several times in his various photo shoot together with other VA's and Mang Jun. Jo's multi-tasking driver, barista & lighting assistant rolled into one who's presence I missed at the EB.  

One of the things that I looked forward to in this years EB was the photo exchange wherein every attendee was required to bring a signed and framed 5R print of his/her photo (original work). I got Brett Medel's pastel hued photo of boats at dusk (thanks, Brett) - while mine was a print from my series titled 'Organized Chaos' which I shot for the workshop on Urban Manila with Peter Bialobrzeski which is scheduled to be on exhibit at Goethe Institut-Manila within the year (will post the details here once schedule was finalized). 

EB for me has always been an opportunity to meet and touch base with friends, both old and new - Brett Medel, Daniel, Willie De Vera, Fernando Martirez III, Erick Lirios, Mike Alcid, Michelle Morelos, Gen Perez, and Misterkodaker himself - Jo Avila!   

Thank you all!

See more photos here.

23 July 2008

Urban Facelift

Metro Gwapo (na ba?)

16 July 2008

Things You Need to Know About Rights-Grab Photo Contests

It seem that contest photo organizers/ sponsors had found a 'cheap and economical way' to 'harvest' a great deal of creative work, usually images for absolutley nothing - a library of FREE images. These are rampant nowadays not just in the Philippines (from private companies to government agencies) but even abroad. A clever ploy targetting photographers especially the amateurs who are naive and do not understand their rights and the potential value of their work. This, in a way, can 'harm' photography in general because when sponsors/ contest organizers get a collection of free images, they are less likely to buy nor hire/commission a photographer to shoot photos for commercial application - somewhere, a photographer loses a sale.

Yet, no matter how clever their mechanics/ contest rules may be, there will always be loopholes and gray areas which you can detect if you examine the contest mechanics very closely. When joining a (photo) contest, please take sometime to read carefully and understand the specific clauses particularly on the following:

Copyright Ownership/ Policy

As authors of original works, photographer entrants should own copyright of their entries, irregardless of winning and non-winning entries. Think twice if you see any of the following clause explicitly expressed in the rules:"All photos submitted as entries to the photo contest shall be owned by ...."; "..... shall retain the copyright of the photographs."; "All entries shall automatically become exclusive property of .... and may be used, copied, reproduced and/or reprinted by.... into any size or medium for exhibition, advertising, promotion or whatever purpose." (see: ownership of copyright & derivative works)

File Submission

Photographer's entries are submitted independently of the digital files or film negatives except in the case of winners, where the sponsors/ organizers may request high resolution file/ digital scans of the winning photographs for verification purposes. Contest organizers has the prerogative in disposing non-winning prints. These maybe returned (via mail by enclosing self-stamped envelope) or destroyed if unclaimed. It is also understood that mere possession of unreturned/ unclaimed entries, both print/ digital files (low resolution) does not transfer authors copyright to the organizer/s (see: transfer or assignment of copyright). Please be warned should you read the clause "Original negatives and data files should be submitted together with the entry" or "All photos submitted as entries to the photo contest shall be owned by ...."

Terms of Use

Organizers has the right to use the winning photographs for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to the photo competition. It is also the duty of the organizers to give appropriate citation/credit to photographers of winning entries. Please be watchful though for a clause such as this: ".... you hereby grant ...., its subsidiaries and branch offices the perpetual right to exclusively, royalty-free and without limitation freely use, modify, edit, copy, reproduce, distribute, translate, create derivate works from, alter and publicly display or publish such content, for whatever purposes, in any form or medium, either on this web-site or elsewhere, whether promotional or in other activities or events arranged by .... or any of the above stated parties, whether locally or world-wide."

Attribution

Being the author of creative work, you have the right to require that the authorship be attributed to you, the right to object to any distortion, mutilation or other modification, or derogatory action which would be prejudicial to your name and reputation (see moral rights).

What photographers lose in joining these contests?

Photographers loose all their rights, including economic and moral rights and also future income generated from licensing, etc. (see details on copyright/ economic rights and moral rights).

In conclusion, make sure that all rules and guidelines are clear, fair and justified. Should you encounter unclear and misleading guidelines similar to the clauses stated above, better think twice - it's not worth your time and effort. You may as well join IPR-Photo should you be interested in issues such as these.


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10 July 2008

Filipino Photographer VJ Villafranca bags coveted Ian Parry Award

Photo: © VJ Villafranca

I've been reading a lot in the PCP egroup about VJ's winning the Ian Parry Grant and had tried searching the net for the official result including the Ian Parry website a couple of days back to confirm and finally: (from PDN):

Photographer Vicente Jaime "VJ" Villafranca has won the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship. 

The prize awards £3,000 ($5,900) to a photographer attending a full-time photographic course or under the age of 24. Villafranca plans to use the award to fund a project in Myanmar.

Villafranca, 26, is a freelance photographer in Manila, Philippines and a former student at the Asian Center for Journalism, Ateneo De Manila University. His portfolio includes portraits of gang members who live in downtown Manila.

Runners up for the prize include Gianni Cipriano (highly commended), Matt Eich (commended) and Gratiane de Moustier (commended).

The scholarship is given in memory of Ian Parry, who died in 1989 at age 26 while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution. The Sunday Times Magazine publishes the work of all the finalists.

The work will also be on view at the Getty Images Gallery in London from for two weeks beginning August 7.

Previous Ian Parry Scholarship winners include Ivor Prickett, Irina Werning, Arantxa Cedillo, David Høgsholt, Leonie Purchas, Jonas Bendiksen and Zijah Gafic.

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See VJ's winning photos here.

Congrats, VeeJay!

30 June 2008

DIY Film Coating Machine


An ex-Kodak chemist having managed to hand develop Kodachrome, decides to go one step further and make his own kodachrome film. Hand-application is not consistant enough so he sets about building a machine to take the variability out of the final product.

Initial problems (uneven coating caused by gearbox and bearing chatter) have been solved, and the machine now works to the builder's exacting requirements, and now the builder is spending his time manufacturing reaction chambers and other emulsion manufacturing hardware.

More info can be found here and at Analog Photography Users Group.




27 June 2008

Rainy Days are here again

Bolinao, Pangasinan

True or False?

Got photo manipulation detection questions? Hany Farid, the director of Dartmouth College's Image Science Laboratory and Adobe collaborator recently appeared on PBS's NOVA to discuss his research on detecting doctored photographs.

Should you have questions, please feel free to post your questions here. Answers to viewer's questions will be posted to the NOVA website on July 1st. 


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Source: PDN Pulse

19 June 2008

Counter-Photography and Swarm in the Aperture Guided Tour

Join Isa Lorenzo as she gives a guided tour of two current shows at the National Museum -- Counter-Photography presented by the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Embassy, and Swarm in the Aperture curated by National Museum Curator Patrick Flores. This will be on June 22 (Sunday), 3-5PM.

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

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

For more information, contact Silverlens Gallery at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 816-0044, 0905-265-0873, manage@silverlensphoto.com. www.silverlensphoto.com.

14 June 2008

So You Wanna Shoot in China?

Photographers are heading to China in droves right now, whether for the coming Olympics in Beijing (August 8-24), to cover the aftermath of the tragic May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province — or just to shoot stock: China's ferocious growth and rapidly changing economy have made it a perennially hot news property. 

"It’s an unusual time of openness in China, which is traditionally a xenophobic country, thanks to the Olympics and the earthquake, " says Jeff Greenwald, executive director of Ethical Traveler , a project of the Earth Island Institute. "That openness is a two-way street. People traveling to China, particularly Americans, can try to counteract some of the negative images that China has of us from its media."

But this is a very politically sensitive country. Attempting to shoot certain subjects—anything to do with say, Tibet, religion, state executions, and disease—can get you in trouble with the authorities. Along with Greenwald, PDNOnline talked to ten photographers who have shot in mainland China to get their tips for those new to the country. Several living in or frequently working in China spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Continue reading here.

Source: PDN

10 June 2008

Filipino Photographer Sues Major Daily for Copyright Infringement

Photo Forums are abuzz and filled with messages expressing support to Anton Sheker, a Filipino photographer who formally filed a case against one of the Philippine media giant and Philippine's oldest dailies for allegedly infringing on his copyright by downloading photos from his personal blog, which were allegedly used for a travel feature without his permission.

This will be the first time that a case on copyright infringement and the Internet as a medium is in question. It will also be the first time that camera EXIF data will be used as evidence in the Philippines.

This will be a test for the Philippine copyright law and protection of works by local artists. Will Anton triumph in his quest for justice? Let's wait and see!

See original story here.

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02 June 2008

Public Accountability

While waiting for my companion to finish the police report he filed at a local police station, I was drawn to this signage behind the police officer who's busy in his old typewriter - a reminder that many, though not all, in the public office easily forgets. The sign reads: "A Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice and lead modest lives." - Accountability of Public Officers (Art. Xi Sec 1 of 1987 Philippine Constitution)

Photographed with a Fuji Finepix F30, manual mode.

21 May 2008

Untitled

An outtake from the early stage of my project for the workshop.

18 May 2008

Mapping Invisible Cities Photo Exhibition


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From October 2007 to March 2008 the renowned German photographer Peter Bialobrzeski travelled through South East Asia. He was invited by the Goethe-Institut to teach and work in Manila, Jakarta, Hanoi, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

During this time he conducted workshops and had an intensive cooperation and exchange with photographers from these countries. The outcome of their work is a colourful kaleidoscope of those six mega cities – which is as diverse as the cities themselves. The best pieces of work produced during these 6 workshops were selected to make up the exhibition “Mapping Invisible Cities”, which will now travel around the region.

Included in the exhibition are works of 7 Filipino photographers: Catherine L. Quiogue, Che Katigbak, Cristina Sevilla, Dennis Rito, Estan Cabigas, Kidlat De Guia, Maria Virginia Cruz and Tammy David

Exhibition Schedule:

Goethe-Institut Jakarta
June 8-July 3, 2008
Jl. Sam Ratulangi No. 9-15, Menteng, Jakarta 10036, Indonesia

Goethe-Institut Singapore
20 Aug - 26 Sep 2008
163 Penang Road #05-01, Winsland House II, Singapore 238463
Admission is free (Mon - Sat 9am – 6pm)

Goethe-Institut Manila
October-November 2008 (schedule to be announced)
4-5/F Adamson Centre
121 Leviste St., Salcedo Village
1227 Makati City, Philippines

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12 May 2008

Hip-hopin'

Photographed at the 4th Philippine Hip-hop Awards 2008.

03 May 2008

Everything comes with a price

Tondaligan, Dagupan, Pangasinan

29 April 2008

Embers

"Expect fire every summer" said one of the residents in the fire accident which burned down more than 10 houses and displaced unknown number of families in Vulcan Compound, Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila last week.

23 April 2008

Tampisaw

After a long hiatus, here's an image I've taken in Antique. Tampisaw means 'a playful splash in shallow waters'.

28 March 2008

Honorable Mention - PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris 2008

PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris had announced the winners of the Human Condition Photography Competition which goal was to document the wide spectrum of peoples' ways of life around the world. I am equally pleased too, that my entry titled 'Slum Dwellers' got an Honorable Mention. Same photo won a Special Mention in the last year's WHO Photo & Video Contest 2007.

To know more about PX3, click here.

22 February 2008

My Not-So-New Toy

Finally I got my not-so-new toy, a used Mamiya 645 1000s. I've always wanted to have a medium format film camera and try shooting on a larger film format (am a 35mm shooter all my life). Due to budget constraints, my first choice then was the Holga - an inexpensive, medium format 'toy' camera which is very popular among the local lomography circle. Photographs shot with a Holga camera seem appealing to me but its limited control prompted me not to buy one.

The unit was bought along with 3 lenses (150mm, 80mm, & 55mm), 1 winder and an extra film insert - all for a whooping P10,000 ($200++)! All the shutter speeds are fully functional except for the metering. Lenses show no scratch except for some fungus that needs to be cleaned. Not bad =)

My sincerest thanks to my good friend Sid Tendencia for his help and in dealing with the seller (from Iloilo) on my behalf.

20 February 2008

Peter Bialobrzeski: Teach & Work Slideshow

German photographer and former World Press Photo judge Peter Bialobrzeski has been in Manila for 4 weeks taking pictures of the cityscape for a project called “Urban Spaces”. The city is his 5th stop in a series of residencies in Southeast Asia. Prior to Manila, he was in Hanoi, Bangkok, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

During his stay, he has also been conducting workshops for a select group of Philippine photographers. On Tuesday, workshop participants Estan Cabigas, Gigie Cruz, Tammy David, Kidlat de Guia, Che Katigbak, Cathy Quiogue, Dennis Rito and Cris Sevilla will be presenting the projects that they worked on during the workshop. All deal will various aspects of urbanity. The photos will be included in a Goethe-Institut exhibit that will be travelling around Southeast Asia later this year.

To see the entire collection of photographs, talk to the photographers and meet Bialobrzeski, head to Silverlens Gallery on February 26 for a slideshow of all the photographers’ works. The event starts at 6pm.

In cooperation with Silverlens Gallery and the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism. For more information, please visit call 8170978 or visit Goethe Institut Manila.

12 February 2008

World Press Photo 2008

This year World Press Photo received 80,536 images made by 5,019 photographers spread over 125 countries. Interesting statistics, but WPP are even more impressed with the amazing diversity and quality of the material. The number of entries from Central and South America continued to grow for the second year running and submissions from Asia rose to 20 percent of the total.

Visit the WPP Winners Gallery 2008 here.

11 February 2008

On Assignment: Peter Bialobrzeski

Photo © Dennis Rito

Yesterday (02.10.08), I got the chance to assist Peter in his shoot. We had a long walk from Recto Avenue to Binondo Area in the morning where we scout places and Peter made his digital sketches - image references in preparation for the actual shooting (in the afternoon). Afterwhich, we went back back to his apartment and I got the chance to show some of my initial photographs for the workshop. I leaned a lot and really appreciate his constructive criticism. After viewing the digital snaps and made decisions where to shoot, we left with his tripod and Linhoff 4x5 camera in tow.

Upon reaching the area, kids started following us asking what was the strange-looking object mounted on Peter's tripod. They even started posing and had been yelling at Peter to photograph them which is a bit annoying. Some asked what those photographs are for - why are we doing it. Several expressed doubts too, thinking that after we shoot, their shanties will be demolished - a sense of paranoia among the people living in the shanty towns around Metro Manila. I observed how Peter worked and it seem that shooting large format follows a different workflow as compared with shooting on 35mm SLR. It also involve a lot of thinking and needs some focus/ amount of concentration before the exposure. With patience, we finished shooting at about 7PM.

I am indeed grateful & privileged that I was included among 10 other photographers selected to attend Peter Bialobrzeski's Teach & Work photography workshop organized by Goethe Institut (Manila) in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism and Silverlens Gallery. Peter Bialobrzeski, a German photographer and World Press Photo 2007 judge is also a professor of photography at the University of Arts Bremen, Germany. He has travelled Southeast Asia since October 2007 and is currently in Manila (his 5th stop) conducting workshops and working on a project called “Urban Nature”, which looks at the relationship between the green landscape and the modern infrastructures that dominate Asian megacities.

The workshop is very engaging and loaded with content - an information overload which comes from Peter's long experience as a photographer. He selflessly shared his knowledge and challenged our thoughts on issues concerning photography. One of the interesting premise he raised on digital photography particularly on image manipulation was: that image manipulation begins on the intent of the photographer - how he/she focus and frame his/her subject. This and other discussions left us thirsting for more.

Slideshow of participants work will be shown on 26 February 2008 at Silverlens.