Fashion photography to fishing: Manila Contemporary shows Philippine artist Wahoo Guerrero

FILIPINO PHOTOGRAPHER ART EXHIBITIONS

In “Man and the Sea”, on show at Manila Contemporary from 2 July to 14 August 2011, Filipino photographer and filmmaker Wahoo Guerrero presents a body of work depicting the Philippine Sea and the people that work and live beside and in it.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'Woman of One Hundred Years Old', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'Woman of One Hundred Years Old', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

The Philippines is a country where nature dominates, a tropical archipelago known for its typhoons, amazing white beaches and its wildlife and forests. However, continuous economic growth in the region has severely threatened the environment, a deep concern considering the threat of global warming.

The photographs in this new series focus especially on the fishing villages of Matuod and Reina, located in the coastal area of Batangas, the population of which lives on the wealth that the sea delivers through food. Fishermen are portrayed here as both heroes and victims of their profession, a job that has not changed in these latitudes for hundreds of years.

According to Manila Contemporary:

Guerrero presents tableaus from daily life and natural beauty as well as the subtle complexities of coastal communities who live and work on the land and seas. Through a sophisticated understanding of the medium of photography Guerrero contributes an elegant glimpse into provincial identity as well as the powerful relationship between Man and the environment.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'Walking in Silence', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'Walking in Silence', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'Un-easy', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'Un-easy', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'Hooded Face', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'Hooded Face', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'A Moment In Time', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'A Moment In Time', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'A Hot Pot of Beef Caldereta', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'A Hot Pot of Beef Caldereta', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'A Spear Fisherman', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'A Spear Fisherman', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'Blushing Young Girl', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'Blushing Young Girl', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'A Feast to the Eye of the Artist', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'A Feast to the Eye of the Artist', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero (b. 1947) studied painting at the Escuela de Bellas Artes San Jordi in Barcelona, Spain. His first photographic initiatives took place during his graduate years, when he documented the art and architecture of the country.

Besides practicing painting and photography, Guerrero has worked in film production and publishing, and his eclecticism and versatility have also made him a well known professional in the fashion photography industry, thus demonstrating Guerrero’s adeptness as a multimedia arts practitioner.

His works have been exhibited internationally, especially in Philippines and Cambodia, and his themes have continuously shifted between architecture, such as his photographic series of the temples and ruins of Cambodia, and people, like his documentation of the lives of women from Ilocos region, in the northwest of Luzon in the Philippines.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'A Lace Curtain Over the Sand', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

Wahoo Guerrero, 'A Lace Curtain Over the Sand', 2011, photograph, 25.5 x 34.5 inches (unique edition). Image courtesy Manila Contemporary.

“Man and the Sea” is on view until 14 August 2011 in the Whitespace Upstairs Gallery at Manila Contemporary.

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