EVENTS AT THE FAIRARTFAIRPH/OpenStudios
Handmade paper-making with Piña and Abaca fibers
Moderated by Alexis Oshima
A demonstration by the Design Center of the Philippines, together with photographer Neal Oshima, on hand-making paper from piña and abaca fibers.
Moderated by Alexis Oshima.
Watch the event footage on Youtube.
Special thanks to Rhea Matute and Jo Cruz of Design Center of the Philippines
Neal M. Oshima is an independent commercial, editorial and fine art photographer based in Manila, Philippines. Early training includes work as laboratory and field photographer at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii and as fine art photographer in San Francisco, California. After receiving his Masters of Art degree at California State University of San Francisco, Oshima began his career as a commercial photographer in Manila in the late 70’s, co-founding the Shadow Visual Design Group that serviced the advertising and design requirements of major retail groups in the Philippines, SM and theSari-Sari stores among them. After Shadow, he became an independent fashion and advertising photography for major clients such as Pepsi, Unilever, Coca-Cola, San Miguel, Levi-Strauss, Bench and Avon. Selected assignments include audio visual presentation for the Inno Sotto fashion show in Paris, France; fashion assignment for the Toppy group in Hong Kong and Maui, Hawaii; and multi-year Asian regional advertising campaigns for Levis. Oshima’s corporate photography for the Ayala Corporation helped them win awards for best annual report for two consecutive years. His advertising work has won numerous awards locally, in Europe and the US, as well as Cannes and the Cleo awards.
Most recently he handled photography for the Coke Zero launch, as well as the 25th anniversary book for Toyota Motors Philippines, In the past decade, Oshima has turned his efforts to editorial work, specializing in large format photographic books with cultural, culinary or travel themes. His books include Dreamweavers, a documentation of the T’nalak weavers of the T’boli tribe in Lake Sebu, Mindanao; and Treasures of the Philippine National Museum published by Bookmark. Earlier works like Philippine Ancestral Houses by Dr. F. Zialcita and Subli by Dr. Elena Mirano have become significant Filipino reference sources. Other published work includes Flavors of the Philippines by Glenda Barretto, Beyond Rice by M. Paterno, Bamboo by M. Paterno and Philippine Forests by K. Delgado. Recent titles include Museum Treasures of SE Asia, a survey of the collections of the ASEAN national museums; Philippinas Incognitas, a book of unique travel images for the Philippine Pavilion of Aichi World Expo and Memories of Philippine Kitchens by Besa and Dorotan. His books have won over a dozen Philippine National Book Awards and Memories of Philippine Kitchens received a major citation from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP’s Jane Grigson award) and was named one of the top ten food books by the Times of London. In the past year Oshima has photographed a book on the pina and the barong, Garment of Honor and the best-selling Kulinarya on traditional Philippine foods. He recently completed photography for anniversary book of the Lopez Memorial Museum collection and Naimas, on the food of Ilocos Sur, as well as a book on the fashion designer Salvacion Lim Higgins and large-format travel books on Palawan, Puerto Princesa and Bukidnon.
Recent exhibitions of Mr. Oshima’s work include Personal Visions: A Survey of Contemporary Photography at the Ayala Museum in 1999; Barot, a solo exhibit of photograms of traditional Philippine garments that opened the Sepia International Gallery in Soho, NYC; and Lovelock, an exhibit of hair landscapes at the Alliance Francaise, Manila in 2001. This year, at Silverlens Gallery he exhibited Play, a series of photograms exploring contemporary patterns of play among children. He has worked extensively with traditional silver-based print techniques. His platinum prints are part of major corporate and private collections in Europe, Asia and the United States. Two of his large photograms recently sold at auction in Sotheby’s HK. Mr. Oshima finished a Master of Arts in Fine Arts, concentrating on photography at the California State University at San Francisco following a Bachelor of Arts degree in archeology at the University of Hawaii and studies in architecture at Wesleyan University and the University of the Philippines. Mr. Oshima has won many international awards for his advertising and fine art work. He is currently working on several books and continues to experiment with alternative printing processes.