Emmanuel Tolentino Santos

Born 1957
Hometown Philippines
Lives and works Melborne, Australia

Emmanuel Tolentino Santos is a photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. His extensive travels inform his photographic essays, which focus on diaspora and ancient cultures. His portfolios speak to this, through visual interpretations of themes, stories, and myths from communities across the world. Santos began his career as a photo essayist for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. He moved to Australia in 1982 and had since then worked on numerous projects and publications.

His works are in the collections of the Jewish Museum of Australia, the State Library of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia, the Victorian Arts Center, the National Library of Australia, the Holocaust Centre, the Immigration Museum, the Parliament House, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Musee d’Art et Histoire du Judaisme in Paris, and the France and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum in Israel. His photographs have been widely exhibited in Australia, the Philippines, Ukraine, Brazil, Israel, France, China, Switzerland, Italy and the Czech Republic.


Select solo exhibitions

2020  Shadow Earth, Art Fair Philippines, Manila, Philippines

2019  The Jews of Greece, Hellenic Center, Western Australia

2017  The Jews of Greece, Australian Jewish Museum, Sydney

2014  2nd EARTH, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines 

2014  2nd EARTH, BenCab museum, Baguio City, Philippines

2012  Sandugo, Compacto del Sangre, Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2012  Observances, Sydney Jewish Museum, Australia

2011  Observances, Centro Cultural Patino, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

2010  Observances, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2009  The Book of Illumination, Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philippines

2008  The Passing of Light, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

2007  The Passing of Light, Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philippines

2006  The Passing of Light- Monash Gallery of Art, Australia

2005  Observances, Cultural Centre of Federal Justice, Rio De Janero, Brazil

2004  Observances, The New Gallery Jerusalem, Israel

2004  Observances, Centro da Cultura Judaica, Sao Paolo, Brazil

2004  REVIVE, Metro 5 gallery, Melbourne

2004  Observances, Jewish Museum of Australia

2001  A multicultural celebration, Immigration Museum , Melbourne

2001  Danses Sacrees, Gent Museum of Art, Belgium

2000  Corroboree – Danses sacrées ,Théâtre de la Licorne, Cannes,France

2000  Génèse Aborigène, Alliance Française de Melbourne, Australia

2000 Corroboree – Danses sacrées, Australian Embassy, Paris, France


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