Press Kit September 2012 : Rick Rocamora Exhibit 2012
September 02, 2012
San Francisco-based photographer Rick Rocamora presents his works in an exhibit entitled WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE: Photographs by Rick Rocamora on June 13, 2012, Wednesday, 6 pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2/F Hallway Gallery). On view until 12 August 2012, the exhibit is organized with assistance and support from Human Wrongs, Philippines, Think Tank photos, GAIA South, Inc. Environmental Consultants, UP Sigma Rho Fraternity, Canon Philippines, and Krispy Kreme.
Documentary photographs have been described as “conscious acts of persuasion.” For San Francisco-based photographer Rick Rocamora, this has certainly been the case since taking on the camera in 1985. Before then, he worked in the US pharmaceutical industry in sales and management positions for 18 years. Rocamora, however, has always had a strong sense of activism shaped by Philippine conditions in the 1960s and 1970s. An anti-Marcos activist, he decided to leave for the United States in 1972 and gained a US citizenship in 1975.
Rocamora’s first series of documentary photographs tackled the plight of the Filipino World War II veterans, a concern that led him to eventually make a fulltime commitment to photography more than 25 years ago. Using his gift of persuasion, but this time through images, Rocamora brought attention to the struggle of these unsung war heroes. Titled America’s Second Class Veterans, the poignant and often disturbing images were instrumental in exposing the abuses and scams that beset the Filipino veterans. Rocamora states that in the process of compiling this series, he “lived the life of a veteran” allowing him to produce pictures that tell the most intimate stories of his subjects. Moreover it has been noted that he portrayed these men with “tenderness and respect…their dignity is undiminished.” He has since taken on various advocacies as evident in the many completed and ongoing series he has pursued in the US, Central America, and the Philippines.