“Shutter Stories,” a photography seminar-workshop on telling narratives about migrant lives in Manila, will start at the Ateneo de Manila University on 23 July 2011.
Jason Cabanes, a PhD scholar of the University of Leeds and a part-time faculty member of Ateneo’s Communication Department, organized the three-day event with support from ACFJ, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Leeds, UK, Khalsa Diwan Inc., and the United Korean Community Association in the Philippines.
Participants include Indian and Korean nationals living in Manila, most of whom are amateur photographers. The workshop aims to equip participants with the ability to take good pictures and mount a photo exhibition.
“This exhibition will highlight photos of what Filipinos want to know about the lives of migrants, specially of Koreans and Indians in Manila, “ Jason Cabanes, the event organizer and a workshop lecturer, said.
As their activities as migrants are hardly reported in mainstream media, Mr. Cabanes said that through the photo exhibit, the participants want to address and correct the stereotypes leveled against them.
Aside from Mr. Cabanes, other workshop speakers include ACFJ lecturer Jimmy Domingo, a professional photojournalist and Cheryl Borsoto, ACFJ visual journalism coordinator.