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Xyza Cruz Bacani

XYZA CRUZ BACANI – HONG KONG STREET PHOTOGRAPHER

X-Photographer and XPPH Member Xyza Cruz Bacani is one of the Filipinos who gave inspiration to fellow photographers and overseas workers. “Xaxa” as her friends call her, remained down to earth even if fame has knocked on her door step. XPPH is truly proud of her and will continue to support her.

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Xyza “Xaxa” Cruz Bacani

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Xyza Cruz Bacani Joins Fujifilm X-Photographer Philippines

Fujifilm Philippines recently staged an event celebrating the homecoming of one of its revered X-Photographers, Hongkong-based street photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani. During the event, Bacani was inducted as an official member of the X-Photographer Philippines (XPPH). With more than 1,500 members nationwide, XPPH is a community comprised of hobbyists and professionals using Fujifilm X-Series cameras.

One of Asia’s current sought-after street photographers, Bacani, 27, produced photos that were published on The New York Times and Vogue Italia. In an interview with The New York Times, Bacani said that photography is a universal language. “I’m a Filipino and I’m in a Chinese city, so it’s like the language of freedom. Because with photography, there’s no gender, there’s no age, there’s no social status, color or race. We speak one language. And nothing of those stereotypes exist,” she added.

Bacani is a user of Fujifilm’s X-E2 and X20. Harnessing the X-Trans CMOS Sensor II, EXR Processor II, and Fujinon lenses, Fujifilm cameras are capable of delivering superior image quality and accurate focus which street photographers like Bacani require in capturing fleeting moments and emotions.

Source:

https://ph.news.yahoo.com/xyza-cruz-bacani-joins-fujifilm-x-photographer-philippines-035632442.html

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Taking Care of People and Pictures in Hong Kong

By KERRI MACDONALD

A stream of images from Hong Kong caught Rick Rocamora’s attention on Facebook: black and white street scenes, with dramatic light and compositions that ranged from kinetic to serene. The fact that the photographer, Xyza Cruz Bacani, was from the Philippines — like Mr. Rocamora — intrigued him, though he was reluctant to contact her.

“I thought she was one of those children of rich Filipinos living in Hong Kong, and all she does is go out and make pictures,” he said.

Actually, Ms. Bacani was one step removed from that world: She is a domestic helper for a well-off family, who wanders the streets of Hong Kong taking pictures in her spare time.

“I said, ‘God! She’s the modern Vivian Maier,’” Mr. Rocamora recalled.

Ms. Bacani dismisses the comparison, even if she, too, used to sneak her face into her compositions every now and then, as Ms. Maier used to do. But not anymore.

“When I discovered Vivian Maier, I stopped,” she said, noting the similarity in their job descriptions. “I want to be me. I want people to see my images and say, ‘Oh, that’s Xyza’s photo.’”

She lives in a large apartment in an affluent neighborhood on Hong Kong Island, where she works for an aging Chinese-Australian woman — the same woman who gave Ms. Bacani’s mother a job nearly 20 years ago. One of her tasks is taking care of her boss’s seven grandchildren, who visit almost daily. Recently, the old woman had her repaint the entire apartment. On more than one occasion, she has asked Ms. Bacani to take portraits of the grandchildren.

But Ms. Bacani’s story is different from that of many foreign domestic workers, or “helpers,” in Hong Kong, where the abuse of maids is common. Her boss pays her for overtime. The extra cash goes toward cameras, lenses and film. And that, in turn, makes her doubly different from most other nannies.

Source:

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/18/taking-care-of-people-and-pictures-in-hong-kong/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0