Rick Rocamora

Award-winning documentary photographer Rick Rocamora has dedicated himself to documenting civil rights issues, immigrant rights and their contributions to the U.S., and human rights and social justice issues in the Philippines. For eighteen years, he documented the lives of Filipino World War ll veterans as they fought to gain the rights and recognition that often eluded them as immigrants. Rocamora, who fled the Philippines after the declaration of martial law in 1972, forged a deep connection with these veterans, often bringing them food, overseeing their welfare, and even acting as a pallbearer at their funerals. While recording their lives, he illuminated their struggles and the discrimination they faced in the United States while maintaining hope for equity.

Source: Washington Post, SF Gate