EMMANUEL SANTOS (1957, Philippines)

is Australia based documentary and art photographer. He has travelled extensively creating photo essays on tribal traditions, highlighting the universality of human existence. Most of his work in the past three decades has focused on the Jewish, the Greek diaspora and cultures of antiquity.

Santo's photographs are held in permanent collections including The National Gallery of Victoria, The National Library of Australia, The Jewish Museum of Australia, Musee d'Art et Histoire du Judaisme of Paris, The Bibliotheque Nationale of France and the Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of Israel. Santos has been commissioned to produce various photographic projects and publications for private, public and commercial institutions. Currently he is the Senior Curator of Obscura Fine Art Gallery in Melbourne.

His Portfolios are in the theme of nomadic portraits, visual interpretations of ancient myths and legends and the ongoing cultural evolution in the independent countries of the former Soviet Union. He has regular solo exhibitions and lectures in major cities 

Emmanuel Santos


2nd Earth

29.07.2012 to 17.08.2012

Together with his visit to Buenos Aires to exhibit his series "Sandugo: A PAct of Blood"(Teatro de la Rivera) and "Sacred Dances" (Fundación´ace) among the XVII Encuentros Abiertos/Festival de la Luz official exhibitions, Emmanuel Santos will be in residence at ´acePIRAR during August.

During his residence, the artist will do a photographic exploration on the impact of modernization and colonization in a society through a common protagonist wearing a Spacesuit.


The project is about humanity’s concern on rapid development and degradation of the world’s environment and natural resources as a result of modern lifestyle and society’s evolution in embracing industrialization and globalization.

The project is conceived in order to raise an awareness of the depleting moral values in modern society and the enormous amount of emphasis on materialism which creates a huge disparity between the rich and the poor,the urban and the rural settlers, and the priileged and the under privileged.

Buenos Aires is on of the models that I selected amongst the other location around the world, due to its history of colonization, migration, rapid industrialization and therefore would need the support of local organizations and instituition to be able to produce images that will form a segment of the overall project.