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Hannah Reyes Morales is a Filipina photographer and National Geographic Explorer Based in Manila whose work documents tenderness amidst adversity. Her photography, both visceral and intimate, takes a look at how resilience is embodied in daily life. Hannah’s work explores the universal themes of diaspora, survival, and the bonds that tie us together. Publications include: The Washington Post, The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek Japan and The Atlantic. Hannah is currently working on longer term projects, focused on safe-space making and care giving.
On episode 159, Hannah discusses, among other things:
- How her practice had to change in response to Covid
- Her Living Lullubies project
- Covering Rodrigo Duterte's so-called drug war in The Philipines
- Growing up largely indoors in Manila
- Discovering photography
- Her relationship with National Geographic and how she got there
- ‘Validating her own perspective’
- Experiences of objectification, patriarchy, and sexism.
- Her projects Roots From Ashes and Shelter From the Storm
- Her focus on the notion of healing
“Photography at its best is a bridge. It’s a way that we can connect to people, it’s an excuse to ask quesions, an excuse for a conversation.”