Hannah Reyes Morales


In the Shadow of False Light

“In the Shadow of False Light,” a photography project originally commissioned by the Nobel Peace Center, takes a look at the disinformation landscape in the Philippines, described by a Facebook executive as “patient zero” in the global misinformation epidemic. Through photography, archival interventions, and in-depth research, the project explores the relationship between disinformation and democracy in the Philippines, and the role that images play in shaping collective memory.

Hannah Reyes Morales is a Filipina photographer and multimedia journalist whose work documents tenderness amidst adversity. Her photography brings historical memory and current events home, by looking at how they shape daily life.

Her long term project Living Lullabies explores the role of lullabies in creating safer spaces for children and caregivers in challenging environments globally. Blending photography, audio, animation and performance from collaborators, the project illuminates critical issues facing women and children through the stories of families’ nighttime rituals.

As a working photojournalist, she has been published in The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, The Atlantic, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Le Monde, and The Washington Post, among others.

The World Economic Forum named her a cultural leader in their ASEAN forum. She is the recipient of the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award and the ICP Infinity Award for Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism. She was commissioned as the Nobel Peace Prize photographer in 2021.

Based in Manila, Hannah is currently focusing on longer term projects. She is a co-founder of Emerging Islands, an artist run residency program in the Philippines. She is a National Geographic explorer.

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