Filipina domestic worker wins prestigious prize for Hong Kong photos

Hong Kong domestic worker Xyza Cruz Bacani (self-portrait) will study at NYU with a Magnum Fellowship.

Hong Kong domestic worker Xyza Cruz Bacani (self-portrait) will study at NYU with a Magnum Fellowship.


CHANGSHA, HUNAN — Xyza Cruz Bacani, 27, a domestic worker in Hong Kong, has won a 2015 Human Rights Fellowship with the Magnum Foundation, which will allow her to study for six weeks at New York University, Petapixel.com reports.

Another winner is Xiao Muyi, 23, a photographer for Tencent News. She’s worked for Reuters, as well.

Bacani works for a wealthy Chinese family in Hong Kong. She borrowed money from her employers to buy a Nikon D90 (good choice, Xyza!), and on her off hours, captures stunning black and white images of HK street life.

She hopes to use the fellowship to further human rights in her home country, the Philippines.

For more details about Bacani, check out this New York Times Lens Blog profile of her.

Here’s one of her photos. More can be seen at Petapixel and the NY Times Lens Blog.

One of Xyza Cruz Bacani's photos of Hong Kong urban life.

One of Xyza Cruz Bacani’s photos of Hong Kong urban life.

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