Eduardo Masferre

Exhibition: Eduardo Masferre at the NGA

There’s a wonderful set of photographs by Eduardo Masferre presently on exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

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From the NGA:

Eduardo Masferre (1909-1995) is a founding figure of Filipino documentary photography. The son of a former Spanish soldier and a local Kankana-ey woman, Masferre spent most of his life on the Philippine island of Luzon. From 1934 to 1956, the self-taught photographer travelled throughout the isolated communities of the mountainous Cordillera Central, where traditional ways of life prevailed despite almost four centuries of Spanish occupation.

Previous photographs of the Cordillera people, largely taken by European and American anthropologists, advanced a colonial, primitivist agenda. In contrast, the native-born Masferre sought to reveal the significance and beauty of the region’s unique material culture and customs. While Masferre himself lived outside tribal traditions, his Kankana-ey heritage and regular visits facilitated a level of acceptance amongst local communities, manifested in the relaxed intimacy of his photographs.

The works displayed are drawn from the Gallery’s collection of over fifty rare photographs by Masferre and represent central themes in his oeuvre, including portraiture, agriculture, village life and ritual. Championing indigenous peoples and culture at a time when doing so was strictly taboo, they are a landmark of Filipino photography.

The exhibition is tucked away on the main floor behind the Indian exhibitions and before the Nolan Rooms.

Well worth the visit to see these gems by Eduardo Masferre from the Philippines.

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Links:

an obituary

The entry on Wikipedia – click here.

Article by Gael Newton – click here.

An article with pictures below the article – click here.

There are 20 photographs by Eduardo Masferre in the NGA collection: click here for the search

or if that does not work try google to see more of Eduardo Masferre’s photographs – click here.

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Unfortunately the NGA has not listed this exhibition on its website (??) – so we cannot supply a closing date.

 

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