Veejay Villafranca

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Veejay Villafranca was born in Manila, the Philippines.

He started out as a staff photographer for the national news magazine Philippines Graphic, before freelancing in 2006. He also worked with several international news wire agencies before pursuing the personal projects that later paved his career as a full-time documentary photographer. He tackles such issues as changing Filipino cultural and religious practices.

In 2008, Veejay was awarded the Ian Parry Scholarship and a residency at Visa Pour l’Image for his project on the lives of former gang members in Manila. Veejay is based in Manila and he is represented internationally by Getty Images.

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2013 Joop Swart Masterclass participant Veejay Villafranca discusses his photo story, Against the Dying of the Light.