Hannah Reyes Morales

6x6 Southeast Asia and Oceania Talent:
Hannah Reyes Morales, Philippines


"I believe Hannah has a passion for telling stories that not only come from deep inside her but that reflect the world around her. This is the first and most essential quality of a storyteller. She has begun to create a body of work that is deeply rooted in Filipino culture and captures the zeitgeist of the Philippines today. Beyond her own image making she is involved and concerned in the visual history and archives of the country and the discourse that can be created around these images and representations." - Erika Larsen, photographer and 6x6 nominator, USA

Based in Manila, Hannah Reyes Morales’ work takes a close look at the stories people tell themselves in the midst of adversity. This includes photographing human trafficking at sea, reporting on forced marriages, and documenting changing indigenous cultures in the Philippines. Morales’ is part of the MAPS collective, a GroundTruth Climate Change Fellow, and a National Geographic Grantee. 

The Drug War, Chapter 1: In Our Neighborhood

“Blocks away from the home I grew up in, dead bodies have turned up in communities—men with heads wrapped in packaging tape, bodies covered in blood, discovered inside shanty homes and on sidewalks, children gunned down with their parents inside their bedrooms. Across the Philippines, thousands more will die in this way. Rodrigo Duterte's bloody 'War on Drugs' has so far claimed thousands of lives since he took office - and he promises that thousands more will suffer the same fate, in his desire to 'preserve the generation.' They were brothers, sons, fathers.'”

Shelter from the Storm

‘Shelter from the Storm’ examines how displaced women and girls from the Philippines wind up in the sex trade after frequent typhoons. The Philippines has consistently ranked among the most at risk countries to natural disasters. The project follows women from Eastern Visayas, ground zero for Typhoon Haiyan, and the poorest region in the Philippines. The UN reports that at least 5,000 women were subjected to sexual violence in just the first month after Haiyan. Many women are trafficked - women are even pimped out of evacuation centers, or falsely promised different work. But some women go by choice, or choose to stay after being trafficked into a line of work that is still criminalized in the Philippines, making them more susceptible to abuse. ‘Shelter’ takes an intimate look at the lives of these women and examines the shelters they took from the storms that came. 

Hannah Reyes Morales also received nominations from Justyna Mielkowicz, Sarah Caron, Tina Ahrens, Ruth Eichhorn, and Eefje Ludwig.

Discover work by the 6x6 Southeast Asia and Oceania talents, and find out about 6x6’s nomination and selection process.