About the Photographer

Photographer Paul TanedoPhotographer Paul Tanedo in Cabugao, Gerona, Tarlac, Philippines; Photo: KOICHI IMAEDA, 1983Born in the town of Gerona, Tarlac, Philippines, Paul Tañedo did undergraduate studies in Architecture, Commercial Arts, and Industrial Design at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. He worked as a freelance photographer in Manila before moving on to the Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC) in 1981. He worked as a photographer and as Information Specialist, tasked to document and develop audio visual production requirements in the center.

In December of 1985, he immigrated to the United States and experienced what it’s like to be a "refugee". At the time, he had a wife and a 6 month old daughter waiting in Richmond, Virginia to start a new life together in America.

For his full resumé, please contact Paul at paulitanedo@gmail.com



Feature Film Projects:

Executive Producer and Director of Photography


  • "Ebolusyon Ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino" (The Evolution of a Filipino Family)

    An independent full length feature film production: 11 hours in length

    Written and Directed By Lavrente Diaz

    Internationally premiered at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival, “Ebolusyon…" was selected and invited to show in 22 different film festivals in Europe, Asia and the United States.

    • Awards:

    • “Ebolusyon Ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino" (Evolution of a Filipino Family)

    • Best Picture of 2004 Award - Given by “Gawad Urian" (Critics’ Awards), Philippines

    • Best Picture Award – Given by Digital Film Festival, Cebu, Philippines



Photographic Exhibitions:


  • "In Pain"

    June 1- 15, 1985 [One-man Photo Exhibition]

    Philippine- American (Phil-Am) Life Building, United Nations Avenue, Manila, Philippines

    This farewell exhibition is a collection of 73 black and white photographs reflecting socio-economic conditions of Filipinos, Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians.

  • "Silent Souls"

    June 5-30, 1989 [One-man Photo Exhibition]

    Martin Luther King Library exhibition hall, Washington, DC.

    This exhibition is a collection of 43 black and white portraits of Filipinos and scenes reflecting social realities in the Philippines.

  • "Reflections"

    June 11-30, 1990

    Photo documentary on Filipino-American folk life in an adopted country.

    Two photographs from the "Reflections" exhibit, "Shadow Prayer" and "Healing Hands", were selected for inclusion in the "Highlights of the Year" Exhibition on December,1990 by Harry Rand, Curator, Painting and Sculpture, National Museum of American Art and by Steve di Girolano, Production Manager, Office of Design and Production, National Portrait Gallery

  • "Silent Souls" and "Reflections" Selections

    Oct. 23-Nov. 2, 1990.

    Group Show with visiting artists from the Philippines at the Stable Arts Center, Washington, DC.

  • "Filipino-American Folk Life Exhibition"

    June, 1998

    32nd Annual Smithsonian Folk Life Festival Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

    Selected photographs depicting Filipino-American folk life form part of a major exhibition to celebrate the Centennial of the Declaration of Philippine Independence. Shown at The Mall in Washington, DC.

  • "Dilemma"

    November 3-27, 1998 [One-man Photo Exhibition]

    Colonnade Gallery of the Marvin Center, George Washington University, Washington, DC

    A collection of 80 black and white photos of the struggle of aging Filipino World War II veterans to regain their honor and dignity.


Working with CFSI

CFSI: Community and Family Services International Community and Family Services International is a humanitarian organization committed to peace and social development, with a particular interest in the psychosocial dimension. The purpose of CFSI is rebuilding lives. Based in the Philippines, CFSI works internationally, primarily but not exclusively in the Asia and Pacific Region.

Established in 1981 and based in the Philippines, CFSI has worked closely with the international community as well as national and local authorities responsible for uprooted persons in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Timor-Leste (East Timor), New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea. In addition, CFSI has carried out special training efforts in various parts of the world for humanitarian workers, social service personnel, and human rights specialists.

Visit their official website at http://www.cfsi.ph