Xyza Bacani on mobility, mentorship, and the limits of photojournalism.
is an editorial photographer who splits his time between Los Angeles and Manila. A frequent and favorite collaborator, Edric shot our cover subject, Robbie Antonio, managing director of Century Properties and founder of Revolution Precrafted, both at his office and in one of his company’s prefab homes.
is a contributing editor of YSTYLE, a columnist for the Philippine Star’s Lifestyle section, and a regular style writer for Esquiremag.ph. For this issue, Marbbie wrote about Clock In, a neat new co-working space at the penthouse of the Makati Stock Exchange Building.
RG MEDESTOMAS is a fashion, food, and portrait photographer who’s worked with a wide range of local restaurants, brands, and publications. For this issue, RG shot the Esquire 10: a list of ten cool things to get your hands on now. Among these is a bottle of Octomore, one of the world’s most heavilypeated whiskies, which he was wise enough not to drink before lunch (unlike some people at that shoot). ARTU NEPOMUCENO is an art, fashion, and portrait photographer whose work has appeared in some of the country’s top publications. For this issue, Artu shot Mona Lisa Neuboeck, a Woman We Love, on a beach in Morong, Bataan, where he also happened to find a goat skull just laying around in the wilderness. He took it home and turned it into decor. We sincerely hope it’s not cursed.
is a visual artist-turned-photojournalist who recently won a Magnum Foundation grant for his project, “Less Than Human,” which chronicles President Duterte’s drug war through the eyes of affected children. Carlo’s powerful coverage of Metro Manila after dark joins this month’s Notes & Essays in tackling the concept of violence as we’ve come to know it.
is a street and documentary photographer, and one of the Magnum Foundation’s Human Rights Fellows of 2015. She has been featured in various international publications not only for her photos, but for her inspirational story. Xyza was a domestic worker in Hong Kong for almost a decade before deciding to photograph under-reported stories, focusing on migrants and human rights issues. We speak to her in this issue’s ESQ&A, where we’ve also published some of her photos.