Enrico Dungca was born in Angeles City, Philippines where he received his first camera at the age of ten. He migrated to California as a teenager, and after graduating high school, pursued a degree in x-ray technology as a way of transferring his love of images into a trade.
However, he quickly found that this field limited his creativity. With his passion for photography and strong desire to make expressive and absolutely unique images, he was granted a scholarship to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he began his professional photography career. There he further developed his skills and found his own personal style of capturing images and evoking people and places.
His work has appeared in publications such as INTERVIEW, PAPER, LOS ANGELES Magazine, OUT, W Magazine, and AUSTRALIAN STYLE, and advertising clients include Berlin Cameron, INC Design, and Aramark. Enrico’s images have been featured in galleries and honored by such organizations such as the Advertising Photographers of America, Pearl S. Buck International, American Photo Magazine, and by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center which presented his work, “The Forgotten Americans” at the Shopkeepers Gallery in Washington DC.
He is honored to be on a discussion panel about this project at the David Rubenstein Atrium at the Lincoln Center, a part of The Kindred Talks series with Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter. Enrico was one of the presenters at the 13th Annual Lucie Awards held at the Carnegie Hall in New York City.
He has photographed numerous celebrities: Ashton Kutcher, Jesse Metcalfe, Gael García Bernal, Regina King, Shemar Moore, Nick Nolte, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Amanda Peet, Quincy Jones, Ryan Reynolds, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.
Enrico lives in New York City and continues to work on his personal photography project involving one of the criticized group in the Philippines – the abandoned children of U.S. servicemen called the Amerasians.