Fil-Am director and filmmaker’s photo hung in Smithsonian museum

A Filipino American art director and filmmaker has a huge reason to celebrate this new year — his photo is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.

The Smithsonian tapped Erik Espera of San Francisco for an image of South African HIV-AIDS activist Yvette Raphael to include in its exhibit called “Outbreak” — which centers on infectious disease epidemics in today’s connected world.

Espera had traveled to South Africa in 2016 to film Raphael as part of a documentary film project he was working on.

Over the new year weekend, Espera got to see his photo and his photo credit inside the Smithsonian Museum in person for the first time, and he shared these images from his Facebook page.

Erik Espera is the older brother of BA’s executive producer, Troy Espera.

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