Almost Lost: Teodulo Protomartir's 1946 Film Photographs of the Philippines

2017-10-12

In 2007, film photography enthusiast Uro dela Cruz found Teodulo Protomartir's withering negatives in an antique camera shop somewhere in Manila. This happy accident led to the discovery of a detailed perspective of how the Philippines looked in 1946.

Old Sta. Mesa by Teodulo Protomartir Courtesy of Philippine Photography Blog

Teodulo Protomartir, however, was not just your average film photographer. He was the photographer responsible for bringing the 35mm format to the Philippines. Teodulo also actively promoted photography through his photo club and radio show.

Teodulo Protomartir, Manila's restoration after World War 2. Courtesy of Philippine Photography Blog & GMA News

3 years after the discovery of Teodulo's negatives, an exhibition titled Being There 1946: The Legacy of Teodulo Protomartir was hosted by Silverlens Gallery and in coordination with the man who found the negatives, Uro dela Cruz.

L-R: Teodulo Protomartir with a Group of Young Photographers; Protomartir in One of his Last Photographs, 1970's - Courtesy of GMA News

written by crissyrobles on 2017-10-12 #news

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