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UNPREDICTABLE… UNSCRIPTED: Street Photography Exhibition by Filipinos


UP Vargas Museum opens the group exhibition curated by Rick Rocamora titled Unpredictable… Unscripted on February 5, Thursday, 4pm on the 3F Galleries of the museum.

Unpredictable… Unscripted features street photographs of Ateneo Sta. Ines, Jayvee Mataro, Joel Mataro, Rommel Bundalian, Little Wing Luna, Kimpoy del Prado, Ed de Guzman, Gian James Maagad, Xyza Cruz Bacani, Elpidio “Loi Lee” Juan, Jojo Pensica, Leonard G. Reyes, David Mar Quinto, Jomel Bartolome, Ben Molina, Rick Rocamora and Arthur Quejadas II. While there is no single accepted definition of street photography, Rocamora has formulated his own to serve as a personal guide:

“Street photographers are required to have an observant eye and a mind that can see subtleties quickly. It requires patience to wait for the right moment and the right light, and be at the right place at the right time. It requires agility to be in the right position in a split second while being a fly on the wall and almost invisible. To achieve these qualities in street photographs, we have to commune with the elements of the street without disrupting the scene because of our presence, be prepared to handle the consequences of our subjects’ reactions, and most importantly, be alert to those nuggets of the extraordinary. Street photography is unpredictable and unscripted.”

Rocamora conceptualized the idea of putting together an exhibition of street photographs by Filipinos in early 2012 when he, along with Howie Severino of GMA News Online, launched a project to mentor Filipino photographers based overseas and in Metro Manila.

By monitoring posts from social media, Rocamora began giving his insights with other photographers, sharing and suggesting good examples of street photography, and even discovering exceptional photographers such as Xyza Cruz Bacani from Hong Kong. Bacani, whose international career has inspired others to hone their craft, proved Rocamora’s point that through the right support, Filipinos could gain recognition in the global scene.

The exhibition is made possible by Fujifilm Philippines, Robson Darts, Fisherfarm Inc., UP Sigma Rho Fraternity and DAAN.

Unpredictable… Unscripted will run until February 28.

For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to You may also check our website at or like us at and follow us @UPVargasMuseum for updates. Facebook event page links here.


About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.


4 thoughts on “UNPREDICTABLE… UNSCRIPTED: Street Photography Exhibition by Filipinos

  1. Who is the person coming from Cagayan de Oro? Is he a trained photographer.? I would love to meet him in person. And I was hoping also that you could go visit CDO for your exhibit. There are a lot of photography enthusiasts here.

    Posted by Albert | June 29, 2015, 2:42 pm
  2. Reblogged this on Mataro Photographs and commented:
    Thank you for all the people who had made this exhibit a wonderful experience!

    Posted by matarophotographs | March 1, 2015, 10:04 am


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