Linus Escandor II

Linus Guardian Escandor II is an Independent Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer currently living in Manila, Philippines.

Raised in lush Sorsogon, located at the southern tip of Luzon, the largest Philippine island, and educated in a Catholic college in Manila, Escandor’s journey as a photojournalist has brought him closer to the suffering faces, hands and limbs in the midst of poverty, natural disasters, and wars the subjects of some of his long-term stories and projects.

Linus is a self-taught photographer who has taken part in collective exhibitions in Bosnia, Berlin, France, London, New York, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the Philippines.  He focuses on themes of environment, health, social and human rights issues.

Crowd of onlookers cast shadows over the body of a man killed by gunmen on San Francisco Street, Mandaluyong City, Philippines in October 2016

Beyond the superior technical qualities, and often taken under perilous circumstances, the images shot by  Filipino photojournalist Linus Guardian Escandor II deliver gut-wrenching and heart-piercing truths of news events in and daily realities of his home country.

Reflecting only the truth out of the suffering of people—and in turn, giving them a voice to magnify their plight for everyone to see has guided the self-taught Escandor since he began wielding the camera and taking pictures as a career.

Linus Escandor II first worked as staff photographer of Manila Bulletin, one of the oldest and largest Philippine broadsheets, covering calamities, conflicts and politics, and, since 2016, has worked on assignment for international news organizations such as CNN International, Reuters, The European Press Agency, The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Zuma Press,  Anadolu Agency,  Red Bull, ESPN and La Vie/Groupe Le Monde.

Life goes on in downtown Legazpi City as Mayon volcano continues to spew lava and huge plumes of ash, with lava fountains on January 25, 2018.

Escandor’s work is anchored on the themes of environment, health, social and human rights issues. His images, especially those of the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in 2013, the five-month battle of the Islamic City of Marawi in Lanao del Sur in 2017 or the dangerous eruptions of Mayon Volcano, had brought to light compelling policy and governance issues.

Indeed, the Los Angeles Times called him the “Nightcrawler of Manila” in 2016 for documenting the killings that occurred in the dead of the night due to the so-called Philippines’ war on illegal drugs.

The Guardian, Dagbladet, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Grazia France, The Times UK, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and CNN International, to name a few, had published his works.

Covering the siege of Marawi for 98 days, Escandor saw the damage wrought on the land and the people of a once thriving and peaceful city, encouraging him to publish “MARAWI: On the War’s End” in 2018, a book of his photographs that “imprinted the resilience of a noble people who refused to give in to the forces of violence and terror.”

He has also worked on projects for international and non-governmental organizations such as Asmae France, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and taken part in collective exhibitions in Bosnia, Berlin, France, London, New York, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines.

While he had been recognized for his photojournalistic works both in the Philippines and abroad, including the Asian Media Awards, Escandor humbly acknowledges being awarded by the National Geographic Society for his performance at the Eddie Adams Workshop in Jeffersonville,  New York.

In 2018, he received the Timothy Allen Scholarship  after he was chosen among the five  photographers out of over thousands of applications for presenting a portfolio that “showed ingenuity, originality, and photographic excellence.”

For Escandor, his biggest reward is seeing a positive and empowering change in his audience and imbuing them with a strong sense of love and responsibility for the world as he captures the world in a new perspective for the next generation.