Album-Libro: Recuerdos de Filipinas
Title: Album-Libro: Recuerdos de Filipinas - A Tool For the Study and Understanding of the Ways and Customs of These Islands with 37 Phototypes Taken and Copied from Real Life
Author: Felix Laureano
What a delightful window this is to a vanished world of the Spanish Philippines on the eve of its revolutionary overthrow. The pioneer photographer marries his skills to an extraordinary narrative more precious than the photos themselves. For Laureno, one photo becomes the pretext for an extraordinary jumble of ideas and information , sometimes lyrical praise of a rural idyll, more often a catalogue of useful information, sometimes lyrical praise of a rural idyll, more often a catalogue of useful information, reading al-most like a dictionary of vernacular terms. He offers us a foretaste of what the ethnographic film would seek to do at a much later stage, to capture the quotidian reality of a particular time and place through images and a flood of information. Noelle Rodriguez is to be congratulated for making available to a later generation this forgotten gem of amateur ethnography.