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Masferré and images of the Cordillera identity

ANA P. LABRADOR

At a recent exhibition in the British Museum in London, a single black-and-white wall-sized photograph stood out among the otherwise color photographs. Its sweeping view of the Philippine Cordillera rice terraces seemed to illustrate the exhibition title, 'Stairway to the Sky’.1 Eduardo Masferré (1909-95) took that photograph in the 1950s - his most productive years, when he felt he had developed his photographic technique fully. Well-known among travellers to the Cordillera, Masferré made his photographs accessible by printing them in a postcard format; some of his photographs are…

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