Filipino Rozette Rago in America’s The 30 Photographers List of talents to watch

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Rozette Rago (in b/w) recreated movie photos using Asian talents. Photo from Rozette’s Instagram.

Filipino photographer Rozette Rago has been hailed as one of the 30 emerging talents to watch in the 2020 edition of America’s ‘The 30 Photographers List.’

The Bulacan-born artist is the sole Filipino in the list of honorees among new and emerging photographers in the United States.

Rago, who currently lives in Los Angeles, California, went on her Instagram on November 3, 2020, to express her gratitude over the award she received.

“Thank you so much to the jurors at @the30photographers (formerly known as the PDN 30) for including me, alongside so many talented folks. Feels so good to see names of friends I’ve exchanged resources, tips, and stories with over the years, online and in real life… and now we share this honor together! Extremely grateful to have found my community in this wild industry.”

The honorees were selected through a nomination and jurying process that includes the input of established photographers, photo editors, art directors, curators, and other photography industry leaders.

The LA-based photographer is a photo-editor in the New York Times’ product recommendation site, Wirecutter since 2017. She has also managed to take a portrait shot of Hollywood actress Natalie Portman in The New York Times.

The 30-year-old Pinay talent, who had her degree in Communication Arts at De La Salle University-Manila, had her breakthrough when she offered to photograph bands for free for a local music blog which gave her access to bands such as U2, Interpol and Metallica, and helped her build a book.

Rago has already worked with various well-known publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Vanity Fair, U2/Maverick, VICE, Bloomberg Businessweek, The FADER, Smithsonian Books, HBO, A+E Networks, and Rolling Stone.

The 30-year-old photographer advocates inclusivity in races, being an “obsessed fan with Western pop culture,” she re-created stills from movies including Reality Bites and The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind using Asian models.

Check out The 30 honorees and Rozette’s portfolio.

Talented Filipino photographers have achieved international milestones including three finalists in the United Nations photo contest and Cebu’s Mangrove Tree photo by Macky Badayos showcased in a UNESCO exhibit.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Filipino Rozette Rago for being an honoree in America’s ‘The 30’ Photographers List.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.