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Podcasts » #156 - Artu Nepomuceno
When Vogue Philippines asked Artu Nepomuceno to trek to the remote mountain village of Buscalan to photograph 106-year-old tattoo artist Apo Whang-Od, he said yes immediately!
Apo Whang-Od is the last ‘mambabatok’ of her generation, keeping the thousand-year-old practice of ‘batok’ alive by training and inspiring her grandnieces in the ancient art of inking. Artu’s intimate portraits of Apo Whang-Od – a cultural icon in the Philippines and beyond – graced the cover of Vogue worldwide, re-defining beauty.
He shares the stories and emotions behind what was a very personal journey, humbly insisting he was “just the photographer”. Artu says the spotlight belongs to 106 years of Apo Whang-Od’s pure beauty.