A Conversation with Francisco at GRID Magazine PH

Santa Barbara, CA. 1994.

"What's a latte?" I asked my 19 year old cousin Francisco Guerrero as I had never had it in the 27 years of my existence. He was dumbfounded that he immediately instructed me to meet him at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on State street as soon as we hung up the phone. And so began our photography conversations over coffee. We usually finished our school assignments at the beginning of the week so we had plenty of time to sit and sip our lattes while having these long talks and musings  about our favorite photographers , the creative process, analyze why an image or a photo series excited or inspired us, monographs we've poured through at the library and some gear talk of course. We would do geeky things like "guess the exposure" in a certain spot and one of us verified it via the camera's exposure meter. 

Fast forward to 2015, I met Francisco in his office at GRID magazine HQ in Pasig.  He is now the Executive Editor for the magazine and a host for a travel show on CNN called What I See.  With cameras rolling, we had a great conversation sans the lattes but this time perhaps with much more insight and depth from the many years of life experiences  under our belts.  Here's a short clip. More of our conversation continues in GRID Magazine: Issue 11. Enjoy!

This Holiday Season: Let's Support Collect.Give

Three years ago during the Christmas holidays, The entire proceeds for the sale of After the Birthday Party print was donated to the Guidance Center. Thank you to a wonderful organization headed by Kevin Miyazaki called Collect.Give made this endeavor possible. This year, I encourage friends, families and supporters to buy prints and help other fellow artists give back to the causes they believe in. And if you made the purchase in the month of December, receive a free mini print from Collect.Give's Instagram feed! Several of us took turns guest posting for @collectdotgive and Kevin picked 4 artists to send buyers as a holiday thank you. You could receive a mini print by Jon Horvath, Elizabeth Fleming, Barbara Ciurej or Stella Kalaw.


From @collect.give instagram feed. Top L-R: Jon Horvath, Stella Kalaw. Bottom L-R: Barbara Cieurej, Elizabeth Fleming


7th Fraction Magazine Annual Holiday Print Sale

Fraction Magazine is having their Annual Holiday Print Sale! Spearheaded by David Bram, HPS is on its 7th year and I am honored to be part of this endeavor. I am offering an 11x14 print for sale: 0928 Monte Cresta Trail, 2012. Richmond, CA is one of my favorites images taken one foggy morning during a summer hike two years ago. This is a wonderful opportunity to begin your art collection and to give as a gift to friends and loves ones.

You can purchase this print by visiting Fraction HPS.

Thank you very much!

0938 Monte Cresta Trail, 2012. Richmond, CA. 11 x 14, Chromogenic Print. Edition of 10. $175.00./ ©Stella Kalaw

0938 Monte Cresta Trail, 2012. Richmond, CA. 11 x 14, Chromogenic Print. Edition of 10. $175.00./©Stella Kalaw

Fallen Orange featured on Your Daily Photograph

For the month of November, my alma mater Brooks Institute and yourdailyphotograph.com by Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles collaborated together to feature the works of students, alumni and faculty. Gallery Director Jesse Groves reached out in late October and invited me to join. On November 16th, the image Fallen Orange, 2007 from The House Remembered series was featured.

Yourdailyphotograph.com is an invaluable online resource for collectors of fine art photography. Each image is offered for sale for 24-hours or until the first collector contacts the gallery to purchase the print. Along side emerging artists, past YDP photographers featured were Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andreas Gursky, Richard Misrach, Andre Kertesz, Edward Burtynsky.

A huge thank you to writer Marianne Villanueva for inviting me to photograph her home and to collaborate with her on this series. Check out her blog: Kanlaon

Family Spaces Exhibition at Dominican University of California

I am very happy to announce the exhibition of Family Spaces at the Dominican University of California in conjunction with the Filipino American Celebration month. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Philippine International Aid (PIA). Here are the details:

Exhibition Dates: October 1- December 19, 2014

Location: Mezzanine Floor, Archbishop Alemany Library

Address: Palm Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone: 415-485-3251


Monday-Thursday 8:00am-12:00 midnight

Friday 8:00am-10:00pm

Saturday 9:00-9:00pm

Sunday 2:00pm-12:00 midnight

The Billboard is Up!

The billboard with the image Tito Phil's Chair from the Family Spaces series went up on the corner of Mission and 14th Street in San Francisco earlier this month. Thank you to The Arts at CIIS curator Deirdre Visser for making me a part of this project.

About the Billboard Project:

In 2013 The Arts at CIIS is reaching outside the walls of the school and into the streets. Our first site is the billboard on the east side of the CIIS Main Building, visible from the highly trafficked intersection of 10th and Mission Streets. Over the course of the year, we will feature the work of ten artists, both emerging and mid-career, starting with Wendel White, Cristina de Middel, and Glynnis Reed. This forum allows us to expand our audience while inserting art into a space typically used for advertising. The curatorial focus this year is on contemporary artists navigating ideas around landscape—a landscape of memory, an emotional landscape, or a landscape of collective history.

Source: The Arts at CIIS

Thank You to Collect.Give Supporters

I've been meaning to share this thank you letter from the Guidance Center in Somerville, MA where $1,000 dollars was donated to them with the generous help of Collect.Give supporters. It is my niece's 13th birthday today and I thought this would be a good occasion to post it.

To my Filipino family, friends and supporters, Maraming Salamat po!

Collect.Give: After the Birthday party print

Wandering Series Featured on Fraction Magazine Issue 48

A big thank you to David Bram for featuring the Wandering Series on Issue 48 of Fraction Magazine. I am also humbled to be in the company of Richard Bram, Polly Braden and Eric Kim. To be quite honest, I didn't expect this at all. I've been quietly doing street photography for several years and sharing them here on my blog and a few on Flickr. When I heard back from David, I was very surprised. Thank you for seeing the potential in this body of work. 

Editor's Note:

I've been a fan of street photography for quite sometime, and I've had a desire to do a Street issue for as many years. But I have to be honest, this issue nearly killed me.

Let me explain.

Finding two male photographers who had solid street projects was not the problem. There are plenty of male street photographers out there in the world, and I am thrilled to show you the work of Richard Bram (no relation) and Eric Kim (cousins). But finding two female street photographers proved to be a bit of a task. I had to resort to posting to the Fraction facebook page, begging for help. Why is this?

Luckily, through the use of social media, I was able to find two, fantastic female photographers who are doing terrific photographic street work. I am very excited and pleased to show you the work of Stella Kalaw and Polly Braden.

Creating this issue has led me to think a lot about the nature of project themes and how men and women may be drawn to photograph different things. I would love to further this discussion on the Fraction Facebook page.

I hope you enjoy this issue.

-- David Bram, Editor-in-Chief

Collect.Give Book: A Wonderful Collaboration

For Collect.Give's next release, Heidi Romano (Unless You Will) designed a beautiful book- a compilation of all the prints offered for sale by the first 50 photographers involved in this project.

Also featured are essays written by Crista Dix (Wall Space Gallery), Darius Himes (Radius Books), Rachel Hulin, Miki Johnson, Larissa LeClair (Indie Photobook Library), Wally Mason, George Slade, Amy Stein, Alison Zavos (Feature Shoot) and Lisa Hostetler.

The book is available for sale at Magcloud and the proceeds will go to Heidi's charity, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


I am honored to be a part of this wonderful collaboration. My print, After the Birthday Party is one of the photographs featured in the book.

Three more prints are left for sale and I am truly excited that I am very close to my goal. Thank you so much to those who have helped me get this far. The holidays are around the corner and my wish is to donate the funds to The Guidance Center by the end of the year. I hope you will consider purchasing one for yourself and/or as a gift to your friends and family.


 Collect.Give has raised $29,990 by selling nearly 600 limited edition photographs by 50 photographers. The online charity photography gallery was founded in 2009 as a place to collect contemporary photography and to donate to worthy causes at the same time. The photographers featured on collect.give have pledged to donate 100% of the profits from their print sales to worthwhile causes they support.

The Photographers:

Jane Fulton Alt, Malu Alvarez, Jonathan Blaustein, Mark Brautigam, Jesse Burke, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Katrina d'Autremont, Amy Eckert, Matt Eich, Jon Feinstein, Sarina Finkelstein, Elizabeth Fleming, Max. S. Gerber, Meggan Gould, Andrew Hetherington, Geoffrey Hiller, Peter Hoffman, Jon Horvath, Ben Huff, Dave Jordano, Stella Kalaw, Melissa Kaseman, Liz Kuball, Shane Lavalette, David Leventi, John Loomis, S. Billie Mandle, Kerry Mansfield, Mark Menjivar, Kevin J. Miyazaki, Annie Marie Musselman, Colleen Plumb, Susana Raab, Shawn Records, Ellen Rennard, Dalton Rooney, Jonathan Saunders, Manjari Sharma, Daniel Shea, Kelly Shimoda, Emily Shur, Allison V. Smith, Aline Smithson, Brea Souders, Sarah Sudhoff, Jake Stangel, Lacey Terrell, Sonja Thomsen, Susan Worsham and David Wright.

Family Spaces at Star Centrum Makati

Kitchen at Treasure Island, 2004. Edition of 8. 18x18 inches. Pigment print./ ©Stella Kalaw

Kitchen at Treasure Island, 2004. Edition of 8. 18x18 inches. Pigment print./ ©Stella Kalaw

For those who missed the show in Manila at the Silverlens Gallery two years ago, here is another chance to see the Family Spaces project again. My dad brought up the idea of hanging the pieces in an alternative location: a rented office space by a start up company that had empty walls. Here are the details:

Family Spaces
UG 18 at Star Centrum
317 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue Makati, Metro Manila 1200

View Family Spaces, UG18 Star Centrum in a larger map

Please call or text to set up an appointment.
Call: 296-4792
Text: 0922-826-1586

send me a message for purchase inquiries

Life Support Japan

My print "Bunny Face" is part of the Life Support Japan print auction via Wall Space Gallery in Seattle & Santa Barbara, CA. 100% of the proceeds benefit earthquake and tsunami victims through Direct Relief International and Habitat for Humanity. Over 100 artists are participating in this endeavor.

Help support the cause and spread the word. Thank you!

Bunny Face. Oakland, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Bunny Face. Oakland, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Edition size: 10 (sold out as of 3/16/11)
Price: $50.00
Media: Digital C print

Happy 1st Anniversary to Collect.Give!

Collect.give (“collect dot give”) was founded in December 2009 by Kevin Miyazaki. It is a place to collect contemporary photography and donate to worthy causes at the same time. The photographers featured on collect.give have pledged to donate 100% of the profits from their print sales to worthwhile causes they support.

To celebrate their first anniversary, Collect.give announces their December Giveaways:

From now through December 8, anyone who purchases a print will be eligible for the following gifts:

(4) $100 gift certificates to the photo-eye bookstore

(5) Food Journal booklets, created by collect.give contributor Mark Menjivar and Kate Bingaman-Burt

One lucky buyer on Thursday, December 2nd (our official anniversary) will win a FREE PRINT:  Buy one, and have your name in the running for a second print of your choice (any still available), regardless of price.

To be eligible for any of the giveaways, you must email us with the date and print purchased: kevin@collectdotgive.org

Lots of great incentives to buy a print for you or a gift to friends and love ones this holiday season!

Participating Photographers:

Jane Fulton Alt, Jonathan Blaustein, Mark Brautigam, Barbara Ciurej, Amy Eckert, Matt Eich, Jon Feinstein, Sarina Finkelstein, Elizabeth Fleming, Max S. Gerber, Ben Huff, Dave Jordano, Stella Kalaw, Melissa Kaseman, David Leventi, Lindsay Lochman, John Loomis, Kerry Mansfield, Mark Menjivar, Kevin J. Miyazaki, Annie Marie Musselman, Susana Raab, Dalton Rooney, Ellen Rennard, Kelly Shimoda, Emily Shur, Allison V. Smith, Aline Smithson, Brea Souders, Lacey Terrell, Sonja Thomsen and David Wright. 

100 Portraits / 100 Photographers at Fotoweek DC

100 Portraits — 100 Photographers: Selections from the FlakPhoto.com Archive from FlakPhoto.com on Vimeo.

I am honored to be part of a photo projection exhibit entitled 100 Portraits/100 Photographers for FotoWeek DC, which is showing at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, November 6-13, 2010. (Portrait of Iling shows up at 12:52)

Curators Andy Adams of Flakphoto and Larissa LeClair of the Indie Photobook Library together with other Nightgallery curators will hold the Nightgallery: Behind the Projections Lecture on Saturday, November 6 at 2:30pm.

From the Flakphoto Archive


Amy Elkins /Amy Stein / Andreas Laszlo Konrath / Anna Bauer /Ben Handzo / Ben Huff /Betsy Schneider / Birthe Piontek / Bob Shamis / Bradley Peters / Brea Souders / Brian David Stevens / Brian Ulrich / Bronek Kozka / Caitlin Teal Price / Carl Wooley / Carrie Will / Chris Verene / Claire Beckett / Clayton Cotterell / Daniel Ramos / Daniel Shea / Darin Mickey / Dave Jordano / David Griggs /David Maisel / David Wright / Deborah Mitelstaedt / Dina Kantor / Dorothy Deiss / Doug Dubois / Elijah Gowin / Elizabeth Fleming / Eric Ogden / Eric Weeks / Finn O'Hara / Gloria Baker-Feinstein / Graham Miller / Hector Mediavilla / Jacob Koestler /Jaimie Warren / Jane Tam / Jason Florio / Jason Hanasik / Jen Davis /Jesse Burke / Jessica Todd Harper / Jon Feinstein / Joni Sternbach /Jörg Brüggemann / Justine Reyes / Justyna Badach / Katrina d'Autremont / Keliy Anderson-Staley / Laura Pannack / La Toya Ruby Frazier / Lydia Panas /Manjari Sharma / Mary Amor / Maureen Drennan / Mickey Kerr / Mikael Kennedy / Mikhael Subotzky / Molly Landreth / Mona Kuhn / Monika Merva / Myra Greene / Nadine Rovner /Nathalie Bothur / Noah Kalina / Philip Dembinski / Phil Toledano / Rachael Dunville / Rafal Milach / Sage Sohie / Robin Schwartz / Sage Sohier / Sara Code-Kroll / Sarah Small / Sarah Wilson / Shane Lavalette / Shawn Gust / Shen Wei / Simon Roberts / Sophia Wallace / Sophie Jacobson / Steffanie Halley /Stella Kalaw / Steve Giovinco / Stewart Simons / Susan Worsham / Suzanne Opton /Tamara Dean /Tealia Ellis-Ritter / Todd Hido / Victor Cobo /Wang Yi Fei / Will Steacy / Zoe Strauss / Zwelethu Mthethwa

Ein Magazin über Orte No. 7

One of my images from the series Around Emeryville is featured in an independent publication called Ein Magazin über Orte. Published twice a year, the Berlin-based Ein Magazin (A magazine about places) deals with a different location in every issue (No.7’s theme is SEA) featuring works of various authors in the form of photographs, drawings and texts. I am honored to be in the company of such talented artists as Adam Bartos, Ye Rin Mok, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Juergen Teller, Wolfgang Tillmans among others. Thank you to the creative team behind the magazine: Elmar Bambach, Julia Marquardt and Birgit Vogel.

Purchase the magazine at Textfield based in Los Angeles.

Left image: Photograph by Stella Kalaw / Right image: Photograph by Jörg Brügemann

Left image: Photograph by Stella Kalaw / Right image: Photograph by Jörg Brügemann

Cover: Ein Magazin über Orte No.7

Cover: Ein Magazin über Orte No.7


Ten years ago, my niece suffered a stroke at birth that left her right hand impaired. On the rare occasions that I get to see her (she lives on the opposite coast) and she holds out her affected hand while we walk together, I think about how regular rehabilitation therapy enabled her to make this simple gesture. She received many of her early treatments at The Guidance Center in Somerville, MA, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic interventions for children, among other family-centered services.

As a way of giving back, I am participating in Kevin Miyazaki’s Collect.Give project, a wonderful platform for photographers to support the causes they believe in. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this affordable limited-edition print (taken after my niece’s 8th birthday party) will be donated to the Guidance Center. Please help me spread the word, and I hope you will consider purchasing one!