Nap C. Jamir II
Director/ Cinematographer/ Photographer

Nap C. Jamir II

Nap C. Jamir II is a Filipino photographer, cinematographer and director in advertising and feature films.

As a still photographer in the 1980s, he co-founded Shadow Visual Design Group, Inc., a photography and graphic design outfit which became a byword in the advertising field for its innovative and creative use of photography and design. The group won numerous print awards from the Advertising Congress of the Phil. for clients like Kodak, Shell and Swatch, and photography/ design awards for album covers and posters from the local music industry.

As an art photographer, he has had several one-man and group shows at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and the Museum of Contemporary Art and several reputable galleries. At 22 yrs of age, he was part of the 1974 Thirteen Artists Award of the CCP Bienalle, a distinction given to selected promising artists nationwide. Jamir has also participated in the Asean Traveling Exhibition of Paintings/ Photography and has represented the country in the Valparaiso Bienalle of Prints.

As a cinematographer and director for television commercials since 1985, he enjoys working and contributing to that field and has had several awards from the Advertising Congress of the Philippines for clients like Close-up, Swatch and Splash.

For television, Jamir was Director of Photography (DOP) for National Artist Eddie Romero’s Noli Me Tangere - a series based on the novel of Jose Rizal.

Other television work include GMA’s One Day Isang Araw directed by Rico Guttierrez and Elemento with Topel Lee.

Feature film credits include Carlitos Sigiun-Reyna’s Isauli Mo Ang Lahat sa Akin (Harvest Moon); Tikoy Aguiluz’ Rizal sa Dapitan; and Jeffrey Jeturian’s Bridal Shower. Rizal sa Dapitan won Best Cinematography from the Metro Manila Film Festival and the Star Awards.

He was the DOP for Aureaus Solito’s Ang Pag-Dadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros), a shot-in-video feature film for the first Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival--the first Filipino full-length film to be admitted in competition to the Sundance Film Festival and was a nominee for the Best Foreign Film category of the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards. The digital film has since gone on to win various awards in several international film festivals.

He was also the cinematographer for Boses (Voices), Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil’s entry to the 2008 Cinemalaya Film Festival.

Recent credits include Walang Himala (There is No Miracle), a documentary by Sari Dalena & Keith Sicat on the 30th anniversary of the Ishmael Bernal (National Artist for Cinema) classic Himala; Lauriana, a Film Development Council of the Philippines’ Masters Category film directed by Mel Chionglo; Hustisya, a 2015 Cinemalaya Masters Category entry directed by Joel Lamangan, starring Nora Aunor and Dahling Nick, a biopic on the life of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin directed by Sari Dalena.

JHis most recent works as a cinematographer were Hinabing Pakpak directed by Dr. Anthony Juan, one of the leading stage directors in the country, which premiered at the 2016 Busan International Film Festival and Swipe directed by Ed Lejano.

Jamir is currently a Senior Lecturer 3 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Film Institute, the UP College of Fine Arts, and the Asia Pacific Film Institute.

He conducts regular workshops for the UP and various universities and for the Film Development Council of the Philippines in developing film communities in Mindanao and the Visayas.

Jamir is a member of the Filipino Cinematographers Society.