Jake Verzosa (b. 1979, Philippines) is a freelance photographer based in Manila. Verzosa spent his childhood in Tuguegarao, a city adjacent to the province of Kalinga. After studying in Philippine Science High School and taking up an MIS degree in Ateneo de Manila University, he worked as a programmer for two years before pursuing photography professionally.
His work as a commercial and editorial photographer in his early years has given him a chance to expand his craft and has taken him to outside destinations around Southeast Asia. After taking a documentary workshop class under mentor Phillip Jones Griffiths, Jack Picone and Steve Coleman in 2007, he started doing personal works documenting local life, youth stories, social issues and shifting cultures.
His portrait series “The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga” took three years to complete, photographing the women in remote villages within the region. This body of work has been exhibited in Denmark, France, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands and Singapore. It is in the permanent collection of Musee Nicephore Niepce in Chalon-sur-Saone, France.