Predicament — a Photo Series by Filipino Photographer Carlo Gabuco

Filipino photographer and visual artist Carlo Gabuco is currently well-known for his documentation of the Duterte administration in the Philippines. However, prior to his more political work, Carlo made a name for himself through his documentary approach to scenes outside the scope of media. His Predicament is a series of random moments which collectively create a whole narrative.

© Carlo Gabuco, Courtesy of IPA

Carlo expounds on Predicament with the following description:

“Predicament is a series of images from 4-5 years of shooting. The photos are of people, places and things in random situations.”

“It is one’s personal journey, it is a defining situation, it is a whole day stroll around the metro, a family gathering, a romantic affair, a week in a disaster-hit area, a man grieving, anyone fighting for survival, it's in everyone’s journey, it's a land surrounded by water, it is a difficulty.”

“It is a possibility, a transition, it represents a silver lining somewhere.”

Carlo started exhibiting his work in 2008, and creates both photographs and paintings. He describes his body of work as “photographs as well as ... paintings [that] focus on human rights and development issues, as well as daily life in the Philippines.” He covered the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and continues his coverage of the Philippine drug war. He has worked with Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and has been published in both local and international publications including Time, National Geographic, Cicero Magazine and Der Spiegel. His work has also been featured by the BBC.

© Carlo Gabuco, Courtesy of IPA

Carlo is currently the photojournalist behind Rappler’s ongoing Impunity Series. His work on documenting the Philippines' War On Drugs earned him a spot on British Journal of Photography’s annual Ones To Watch list. He also got one of the ten grants given by the Magnum Foundation Fund.

Carlo expounds on his body of work at present and in the coming years by stating that he has been “covering the drug war for almost a year now. I’ve photographed victims killed either by alleged police operation or summary executions. I’ve talked to many grieving families and attended many funerals. For the next stage of this project, I intend to look beyond the police lines, crime scenes, and dead bodies. I will focus my attention to a young nation’s uneasy path to the promised change – the effects of its deadly war on the ones directly affected by it, the families and the orphans who suffered trauma after seeing their loved ones brutally murdered and sprawled in the streets or inside their homes.”

© Carlo Gabuco, Courtesy of IPA

To see more of Carlo's work, check out his website, and his profiles here and here.

written by crissyrobles on 2018-10-25

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