Spanish lensman documents the life of the Pinoy youth

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By KC Santos

MANILA CITY, METRO MANILA – In his visit to the country, renowned contemporary Spanish photographer Txema Salvans aims to literally take snapshots of a day in the life of the Filipino youth.

Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy and the Metropolitan Museum, will hold a mini-workshop on photography featuring Salvans. The workshop will be held on December 3 (2p.m.) at the Metropolitan Museum.

Titled Encuentros en la fotografía (Encounters in Photography), this three-hour workshop will have Salvans sharing his concept of the art of photography, his techniques and the highlights of his career.

The workshop is open to both experienced photographers and first-time hobbyists.

On Wednesday (November 30), Salvans will meet photography students from the School of Arts and Design (De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde) to share with them his experience and insights on photography and start working on a photography project about the Filipino youth in Manila.

From December 1 to 6, Salvans will follow a different student every day and shoot their daily life to show through his point of view the young Filipino society.

Born in Barcelona in 1971, Salvans is a documentary photographer with a special interest in “how we humans spend our free time”.

He received the Best Spanish Photography Book Award for Nice To Meet You during the 2005 Photo España Awards, a volume filled with snapshots of his travels along the Mediterranean coast stopping at the places where entire families enjoy their leisure on a small beach between the sea and concrete.

Salvans is also one of the 15 photographers part of the exhibition Photo a Photo. A portrait of Spain at the Metropolitan Museum.

The exhibit, running until January 14, is a visual trajectory showing the evolution of Spanish cities and their inhabitants from the 1950s until the present day focusing in the two cities that Rizal lived in: Madrid and Barcelona.

Registration is free on a first-come, first-served basis but interested participants must sign up by calling Instituto Cervantes at 5261482 local 115. Deadline of registration is until December 2.

(Photo from Instituto Cervantes)

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