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On Saturday Feb 16th, at 7pm at the School of the International Center of Photography, Fernando Afable will share the accomplishments of Foto Baryo, his recently established school in the Philippines.
The Foto Baryo Story:
Fernando Afable, a Filipino photographer based in NYC, has spent the past 15 years gathering photographic equipment and raising money to establish Foto Baryo, a photography school in the Philippines. Foto Baryo offers extensive courses in all aspects of black and white photography and attracts students of diverse backgrounds. Afable’s mission is to change people’s way of seeing, and to use photography as a means of uniting people across class boundaries.
The results to date are as follows: since 2005 Foto Baryo has held 16 classes and served over 110 students. Courses range from beginning photography through advanced printing and large format photography, and the students range in age from 5-50. International instructors have taught in urban, rural, and indigenous communities.
In June 2008, Foto Baryo will have a large-scale exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the premiere cultural institution in the Philippines. This three-floor exhibit will showcase Foto Baryoâ€™s different projects. The Fulbright Foundation in the Philippines will celebrate their 60th anniversary in the exhibit. The show will then travel to the Ayala Museum, the Philippine equivalent of MOMA.
More about Fernando and the school:
In 1990 Fernando moved to New York and started working at the International Center of Photography, where he began to study photography and found that it revolutionized his life. He formed deep friendships with international photographers and wanted them to experience the Philippines. He also wanted to give people in the Philippines access to the inspiring energy of ICP, and began joking that he would build a photography school in the Philippines. When his friends took him seriously, Fernando fed off of their enthusiasm and developed his idea.
Using donated clothing as padding, he shipped equipment to the