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11-OCT-2009 Sam_C

Manny Librodo: "The Real Thing"

Now here's something you don't see every day...

Imagine, a photographer renowned for his digital
masterworks shooting a classic Rolleiflex, in
black and's here! :-)

I had the honor and privilege to meet up with one of the finest
photographers in the world today. A man who I consider one of the
most influential photographers to have come out of the internet
generation. A man who made his name right here on Pbase, who to date
has nearly 20 million hits on his Pbase site (before the damned counter
stopped working!). A man who continues to inspire a whole new generation of photographers
with his amazingly unique style. This man is none other than Manuel Libres Librodo Jr.

Manny and I, along with our buddy Elmer "EQ" Quianio (see next photo) had dinner and
conversation in Chinatown, and even did some shooting afterwards. I was impressed with
Manny's down to earth nature, and his generosity in sharing his knowledge and technique.
His passion for photography is obvious and inspiring. And he is such a great guy to
hang out with, so easy going, you would never know you were hanging out with such
a heavyweight photographer!

Manny, over the years, has crafted a unique style of portraiture using his own methods.
His images are almost always "perfect" in my eyes. A combination of flawless compositions
and magical Photoshop work with beautiful colors and tones resulting in a superb
final product. The "look" Manny has crafted has become known as "The Librodo Look" or
"The Librodo Technique" and many people have tried to emulate it.

Thankfully, Manny has decided to share his knowledge by giving master workshops around the
world. If you see one in your town, I suggest you sign up quick!

As in any situation, the more successful you become, the more detractors you have as well.
Manny knows this. He knows that his critics have said that his work is "all Photoshop."

Manny was kind enough to show us his latest images on his Epson portable viewer,
and I can say, without a doubt, the Master gets it right "in-camera" before any
Photoshop is done. In fact, many of his 'throw-away' images would be a masterpiece
for most of us! :-)

I told Manny that I love his work, and while I enjoy the images from the photographers
he inspired, whenever I want to see a masterwork I look to his site. I told him just like
when I want cola, I want Coca-Cola, not C&C Cola, or RC Cola or even Pepsi (but it's close!).
I want, as the Coke ad said, "The Real Thing."

Ladies and gentlemen, Manuel Libres Librodo Jr., just like Coca-Cola, just like the Rolleiflex,
is "The Real Thing" and I am proud to call him my friend.

Please click on the link above to see the Master's work.

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Tom LeRoy19-Jul-2014 07:47
Great shot of the master, must have been a great and enlightening experience! V
Guest 27-Oct-2010 13:54
thats a cool shot ! nice touch with the B&W
Simon Chandler23-Nov-2009 01:17
Excellent portrait of "The Real Thing". Great clarity and pov. v
Bill Warren10-Nov-2009 13:58
To add to what you said Sam: You can readily see how open he is to share his knowledge and secrets with his students--just look at their photos and you see the Manny style come right through. V
Marc Demoulin31-Oct-2009 17:09
Well done and well deserved!! vVv
shatterbug30-Oct-2009 04:52
Perfect crop...a great shot of the master!
James Clarke29-Oct-2009 06:00
I love it! Great words also, you should consider a career change, you're a great writer! BV

I'm sure with any camera Manny can make master pieces... Just like my uncle who's a very talented pianist/organist, but he can pick up almost instrument for the first time and get a tune out of it!
alfredo camba jr.27-Oct-2009 10:04
Very interesting portrait of the master photographer Manny Librodo!
A great tribute to a world class Filipino artist!
Guest 27-Oct-2009 05:42
Classic and very stylish! Wonderful! V
Latifa Messaoudi26-Oct-2009 09:09
stylish : )
Lee G26-Oct-2009 03:19
Inspiring words and shot of the master. You're a lucky guy, Sam, you've met up with a few of pbase's finest! I'm sure Manny is just as impressed with your skills!
Fong Lam25-Oct-2009 08:02
Wonderful comments and a great portrait, Sam, of our famous accomplished photographer, Manny (V)
12325-Oct-2009 02:40
Excellent image and words Sammy. V
Colin Clarke25-Oct-2009 00:29
Nicely done, Sam - words and image. *V*
bill friedlander24-Oct-2009 18:59
Great shot of Manny and the classic camera, and thanks for the background notes. V
J. Scott Coile24-Oct-2009 18:18
Great. What a super photographer and artist.
XiaoBernard9924-Oct-2009 18:07
Terrible SAM the best boddy in the world of Pbase.
Always ready to give all your support....
A good portrait as always.BV for this support.
XiaoBernard9924-Oct-2009 18:07
Terrible SAM the best boddy in the world of Pbase.
Always ready to give all your support....
A good portrait as always.BV for this support.
Jeff Real24-Oct-2009 16:56
This is truly a great tribute and well deserved as well.
You have created a classic portrait of a master. Wonderful on all levels. ~V~
Jim's Atavistic Visions24-Oct-2009 15:38
A great photo and a literary piece about him too! You are a writer Sam! VVV!... Josefina
Manuel Libres Librodo Jr.24-Oct-2009 14:05
Sam, thank you so much for this tribute. I am so flattered and overwhelmed. Thanks a lot my friend.
an nguyen24-Oct-2009 13:08
Instant classic. Thanks Mr.B.
FrankB24-Oct-2009 12:14
excellent shot of the master himself...without exaggeration I have to say an instant classic!....and, as usual, impeccable prose style.....V
Ali Majdfar24-Oct-2009 12:01
Thanks Sam for the hole story, both text and picture. ~V
zyziza24-Oct-2009 10:05
Interesting story, and it`s nice to see him!
Martha Albuquerque24-Oct-2009 09:33
That's a wonderful portrait of our dear Manuel Librodo, Sam!! Thanks for sharing it! V
settler24-Oct-2009 09:28
Fabulous study..makes me want to haul out my Mamiya..V!