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Photographer of the Week: Francis Fausto Tady

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By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

It was the work of contemporary masters like Steve McCurry and James Nachtwey on the earth-shattering events of 9/11 that inspired Francis Fausto S. Tady to pursue documentary photography.

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    “When I was in high school, 9/11 happened and suddenly Steve McCurry’s work was everywhere. Everyone was fascinated with the ‘Afghan girl’ photo and it started to interest me because I never saw so much attention given to a portrait. James Nachtwey also came out with his photo essay on 9/11,” shares Francis.

    Struck by the powerful photography, Francis stole his dad’s copy of Time Magazine and posted the photographs on his wall. “At that moment I wanted to be involved with photography more. I forced my parents to buy me my first SLR camera and enroll me for photo classes. Whether I become a photographer or not, I wanted to be involved with photography in whatever way possible.”

    These days, Francis is deeply involved in the arts as the chairperson and a teacher in the photography program of the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. “I have been the chairperson of the program since 2016, and my goal as an educator is to advocate for Philippine photography. There are a lot of great works done by Philippine photographers that are not being recognized or given the opportunity to be seen and exhibited. There are photographers that are forgotten from our history and names we don’t know. My goal is that we have a deeper appreciation for photography and the people that make them.”

    For him, Filipino photographers are not just casual snapshooters but there are passionate visual storytellers and artists that have something to say through their chosen medium. His own work is that of storytelling, long form, through photographic documentaries. “I deal with subjects and projects that go on for weeks and months. I have covered stories about children with cancer and the immigrant Filipino community in the bay area.”

    He has been recognized for his work early on. “I have actively joined competitions when I was a student and I received recognition from the 70th College Photographer of the Year with an Award of Excellence – International Picture Story for a project I did on the LGBTQ Christian Churches in the Philippines.”

    On a more personal note, his documentations have led him to conquer his shyness. “I am an introvert and I am forced to engage with people to photograph them. Photography has allowed me to be out of my comfort zone and be in places or situations that I don’t expect to be.”

    His images are mostly in black and white and he gives this reason: “For me it removes the noise of color. It makes you focus on the emotions, gestures, form, and design of the photograph. I love the sentimentality of monochrome which makes you more emotionally invested in an image. I don’t notice color immediately and most of the time when I shoot, I automatically reimagine everything in monochrome. It is how I see things and it shows in my photographs.”

    With his photography journey, he has come full circle, in a way. “My most memorable photography moment was attending the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2014 and seeing James Nachtwey in person. The workshop is one of the most prestigious and selective photojournalism workshop in the world, where you get to be mentored by the best photojournalists. It was here that I got to see one of the people who inspired me to become a photographer.”

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