Philippine Center New York

Photography of Visible and Invisible Light

The Philippine Center in New York

With the support of

The University of the Philippines Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity East Coast Chapter
invites you to the opening of

“Photography of Visible and Invisible Light”

an exhibition by two renowned photographers

Carlos L. Esguerra and Thor Lidasan, MD.

Monday, May 14, 2018 – 6:00pm
Philippine Center New York LOBBY GALLERY
556 5th Ave. New York, NY 10036

(The exhibition will be on display from May 14 – 25, 2018)

Photography is all about light. Typical photography involves light visible to the human eye which normally responds to wavelengths from 390 to 700 nm. Infrared photography, how- ever, responds to wavelengths which are invisible to the human eye, ranging from 700 to 900 nm, requiring special cameras fit- ted to handle this spectrum of light.


Carlos L Esguerra has brought honors to the Philippines by winning awards from prestigious international photography competitions such as the International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie Paris, German Mega Circuit, Trierenberg Austrian Circuit, Photography Gala Awards, and many others.

In 2008, he was awarded the “Pamana ng Pilipino” Presidential Award, the highest award given by the President of the Philippines to Filipinos overseas who had distinguished themselves in their chosen endeavors. In 2011 he received the “Ani ng Dangal” by the Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in Manila. In 2014, he was awarded the “Distinguished Alumni Award for Culture and the Arts” by his alma ma- ter, the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. In 2015, he received the “Dr. Jose P. Rizal Award for Excellence in Arts and Litera- ture” by the Order of the Knights of Rizal, New York City chapter. (


Thor Lidasan is a New York City anesthesiologist and an Associate Pro- fessor at New York University School of Medicine. A self-taught amateur photographer, his main interest lies in photographing the infrared spec- trum of our visual range in what he refers to as “Invisible Light Photog- raphy”. Originally hailing from Maguindanao, Philippines – the rich and colorful heritage of his homeland is his inspiration in capturing the col- orful range of the light spectrum that is beyond the reach of our naked eyes. His infrared photography is driven by science and the creative im- ages we see in his works is his attempt to merge the science and photo- graphic artistry of the invisible world.

Mabuhay ang manlilikhang Pilipino!

Exhibit Reception Photos