BEAUTY by Dominique James
2 May –18 June 2006
Vargas Museum ends its celebration of photography as art, medium and documentation with Dominique James’ portraits of famous personalities in the Philippines. Better known as a fashion and lifestyle photographer, he is also an astute documenter of events and images behind-the-scenes. In this collection of never before seen photographs, James exposes celebrities without makeup or making funny faces. These are almost as revealing as they are masking the public images with which most of us are more familiar. In the exhibition, the Museum tempts viewers in creating guessing games in identifying the names of those portraits belong. James’ photographs complements the Filipinas exhibition by Isa Lorenzo whose depiction of accomplished, senior women extends the possibilities of portrait photography in a distinctive way as James has.
Dominique James, an Epson Stylus Pro photographer, is one of today’s finest professional image-makers based in Manila, Philippines. In the span of 15 years, he has photographed almost all of the famous people in the country from celebrated entertainment personalities and top fashion models to high-ranking politicians and prominent socialites. In addition, he has done numerous commercial, advertising and corporate photography. Dominique also regularly conducts several popular models and photographers workshops. Frequently, he serves as a judge and a consultant to photography contests, model searches, beauty tilts, and talent competitions. To date, he has already presented more than 45 one-man and group photography exhibits. While Dominque is best known for his celebrity portraits, his other favorite subjects include still life, nude, landscape, food, and architecture.
James will conduct talks and workshops on four consecutive Saturdays from 6 May at the Vargas Museum Lobby. For more information, please contact Linda Pabico at 928-1927 or 981-8500 local 4023.