Having known him for but a short time, there is nothing to say about Iver. That is, nothing colorless, nothing conventional, certainly nothing less than exceptional.
Five years in the art has ripened this talented young man into a rising photojournalist making his mark with contributions to various publications, both local and international. His work includes laudable features in Fotoevidence, Photojournale, Social Documentary, Invisible Photographer Asia and La Lettre Dela Photographie. He holds the distinction of being chosen to participate in the only Masterclass in the Philippines for Documentary Photography, under the wing of renowned war photographer and professor, Mr. Alex Baluyut of ACFJ- Ateneo De Manila University (Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism). He was also recently selected by Stream Photo Asia to be a part of the Masterclass held in Bangkok, Thailand in which he was mentored by the 1999 recipient of the Australian Kodak Photographer Award, Mr. Patrick Brown.
Although sketching and painting were his first love, an accidental encounter with Photography started him off on a serious relationship. Armed only with his mother’s old camera, he began to hunt. The unforgiving city streets and the rural pathways haloed with dust held equal fascination for him and an inherent inclination towards activism gave him a propensity for socio-political issues. His first project was a piece on the Housing problem in the Philippines, sparked by a chance meeting with a victim of demolition on one of the street demonstrations he was covering.
He seeks inspiration from articles in Time and NatGeo, Photojournalism sites, and the works of James Nachtwey and Sebastião Salgado, Daido Moriyama and other Noor and Magnum Photographers. A full time job, unrelated to photography, does not keep him away from the frontlines. He is challenged by pressure. He snatches all available opportunities for formal training and aims to eventually progress to Multimedia Journalism.
His work is fueled by an almost palpable passion that rises out from the page, pokes and nudges, not so much with movement but with the utter starkness of the images. It is infused with need, an urgency to validate his experience by pulling one in as if to live the scenes and hear the voices. This scorching intensity is anchored on a powerful conviction and spawned by the absolute involvement he invests in his subjects.
He says of Photography, “It’s what I have for breakfast every morning, and what I rest my head on at night. It’s what I breathe.” He is interested in truth and hopes someday that his documentaries will be a means of discovery, a gateway for people to be aware and enlightened.
He is currently focusing on Human and Animal Rights, Environment and Health in the Philippines where he is based.
There is definitely nothing in this steel-willed young artist but the promise of excellence.