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Hampash Loofah traces his photographic roots as a 'copyboy'(or 'Gofer' in today's lingo) at the now defunct broadsheet,The ManilaChronicle. Hanging out at the paper's Photo Section, he was indirectly mentoredby some of the country's best photojournalists at that time. Leaving the paperin 1991, he moved on to pursue both self - initiated and commissioneddocumentary work for various causes, notably indigenous peoples issues. In 1995while working as a street educator in Manila he produced 'Common Ground' atravelling portfolio premised on the correlationship of poverty in thecountrysides and the streetchildren phenomenon. Receiving a grant from a USfoundation, he showed his works in non- traditional spaces like basketballcourts, hospital lobbies, markets and town plazas. He now lives in France with awife and two kids tinkering with archaicalternative photographic processes notably wetplate collodion photography.