Jake Verzosa’s THE LAST TATTOOED WOMEN OF KALINGA is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive

Book Title: The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga

Photographer/s: Jake Verzosa

Place of publication: Singapore & Manila, Philippines

Year of publication: 2015

Publisher: Silverlens

Language: English, French

Dimensions of book: 225 x 208 mm

Edition size: 500

Binding, paper & printing details: Hard chipboard cover, thread-sewn open case bind black and white offset prints on semi coated paper

Number of pages: 112

Number of pictures: 40

Designer: Karl Fredrick M. Castro

Editor: Erwin Romulo

Printer: First Printers Pte Ltd

ISBN: 978-981-09-2467-6

Retail price: $58 USD

Where to buy; stores/ distributors/URLS: Personal Online Store

Link/s to existing book reviews: ‘The Other’, ‘Coconuts Manila

Summary of project:

Silverlens is pleased to present Jake Verzosa’s The Last Tattoed Women of Kalinga, his series from the northern Philippines of this proud tribe’s heritage. There are forty portraits, photographed over a three-year period, that were first presented at the Musee de quai Branly in 2013.

In The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga, Jake Versoza weaves a very delicate balance of incorporating history’s desire to render a record of a particular culture and milieu. There is a poetic romanticism in trying to capture a dying culture. In the photographer’s words, “the main purpose of doing this was to document the last remaining people who adorn these tattoos and to hopefully reverse the changing perception of beauty among the Kalinga. The tattoos used to be a symbol of beauty, wealth, and honor but now, most see them as ancient, barbaric, and a stigma.” Jake Verzosa