WIP WORKSHOP | Exploring The Visual Narrative: The Photographer As Storyteller
August 6-11, 2018 // Manila, Philippines
Born in conflict ridden region of Mindanao, Philippines in 1966, Nana Buxani is a documentary photographer, filmmaker and painter whose work largely deals on issues such as child labour, children and women in difficult situations, children in detention, the plight of homeless peoples, communities in war torn regions, the indigeneous peoples and their claims to ancestral lands, urban poor communities and people engaged in cooperative building.
Nana has done works both films and stills photography for OXFAM-UK, the International Labour Organization particularly for the International Program on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), VSO-uk, UNICEF, Save the Children Organizations, the Women’s Health and Safe Motherhood Program, under the European Union Cooperation in the Philippines, The Consuelo Algers Foundation, Amnesty International UK, Christian Aid, PHILCOCHED (an NGO working on issues of people with disabilities), the Kaliwat Theatre Collective.
She has done assignments for Time Magazine (Asia Edition), the Chronicle of Philantrophy and Higher Education, Interviu Magazine (Spain), Il Venerdi (Italy), Marie Claire, London, Newsbreak (Philippines), I Magazine (PCIJ, Philippines), ME Magazine (Philippines), Bloomberg News, The New York Times, Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), The Guardian-UK, Missio Magazin.
She has also assisted Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths, documentary photographer Sebastiao Salgado and other foreign and international media organizations.
Veejay Villafranca started as a staff photographer for the national news magazine Philippines Graphic. After becoming a freelancer in 2006, he worked with several international news wire agencies before pursuing the personal projects that later paved the way to his career as a full-time documentary photographer.
Veejay has tackled issues such as changing Filipino cultural and religious practices, the transformation of Filipino gang members, and climate displacement and other environmental issues. In 2008, he was awarded the Ian Parry Scholarship and a residency at Visa Pour l’Image for his project on the lives of former gang members in Manila and in 2013 attended the prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass program of the World Press Photo Foundation.
Veejay is based in Manila and works around the Asian region contributing to international publications and working with non-governmental organizations in producing visual reports on several social issues.