Photo by Geric Cruz
Vicente Jaime R. Villafranca (b. 1982 Manila, Philippines)
Veejay was a as a staff photographer for the national news magazine, the Philippines Graphic, covering socio-political events in the Philippines. In 2006, he started working independently with international news wire agencies covering news and features in the Southeast Asian region.
In 2008, he was awarded the Ian Parry Scholarship and pursued a residency at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France for his project on the lives of former gang members in Manila. In 2013, Veejay attended the 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass program of the World Press Photo Foundation where he developed a project on public health and Filipino spirituality. His first photobook co-published with MAPA Books, SIGNOS, garnered the 2018 Invisible Photographer Asia first photobook award.
Veejay is a visual language and documentary photography lecturer at the Diploma in Visual Journalism at the Asian Center for Journalism and at the Bachelor’s of Photography program at the College of Saint Benilde. He is also an alumnus of the 2006 Angkor Photo Festival Documentary photographer workshop.
Isabelle Lesser (Founder and director)