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 throughout the world.

We thank Pato Parodi for the photos! 

Emmanuel Santos


Sacred Dances

07.08.2012 to 21.09.2012

Australian photographer Emmanuel Santos presents "Sacred Dances" at the Fundación´ace Poliglota Hall as part of the XVII Encuentros Abiertos-Festival de la Luz 2012. Santos will be also in residency among the ´acePIRAR International Artist-I in-Residence Program during August.

"Sacred Dances" shows the universal humanitarian approach with which photographer Emmanuel Santos has witnessed and been permitted to capture a sacred ceremony of the Aurukun community in Cape York, Australia. "Without dreams of hope, dignity and pride, humanity vanishes," says one of the songs in the ceremony, expressing the richness and diversity of this culture that has flourished for more than 50,000 years. Despite suffering and neglect, the Aurukun community has survived, and their sacred dances express the tribe’s ancient wisdom and its passion for protecting and preserving it. A.CANDIANI

ARTIST STATEMENT: Aboriginal Genesis

“Without dreams of hope, dignity and pride, Humanity vanishes..”The song line of Australian Aboriginals express the eternal richness of a culture that thrived for over 50,000 years. This culture, deep and diverse in modern era had suffered a continuous desecration through carelessness and insensitivity of the present world.. yet in their own way, they survived.Their sacred dances permeate through the current epoch providing a resonance of the dreamtime- a faint light in the tribal darkness that they continuously preserve. It is one of the aspects of their ancient wisdom that they protected and carried on so that our world may understand and respect.I am honored to be a witness to these universal rites of life and be able to photograph a mere glimpse of these, in order to share with you the experience and thus allowing an increased awareness for the sake of all our providence.