Niccolo Cosme is a Filipino conceptual photographer based in Manila, Philippines. An outspoken LGBT activist he hosted the “I Am Not Immoral” photo exhibition to protest against the exclusion of the LGBT “Ang Ladlad” list from elections in 2010. Cosme is also an HIV/AIDS awareness advocate; he started The Red Whistle campaign in 2011 to raise awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines. His interest in Christian iconography won him the international photographic competition by the Professional Photographers of America held in Korea in 2011.
In February 2012, Cosme received the Ani ng Dangal or “Harvest of Honors” together with 32 other Filipino artists from different fields by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
In 2007, Cosme started “Project Headshot Clinic”, a digital concept that merges profile photos used online with advertisement and/or advocacies. He sees profile photos as “online billboards” which caught the attention of some of the big brands in the Philippines and international entities such as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In 2008, he took this project to other countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Macau. He also conceptualized and produced a series he called “COSME XXX” in 2010 as his personal tribute to “pain”, one of his greatest inspirations. This series featured a number of images inspired by Christian Iconography such as the Madonna, the Crucifixion and the Pieta. In May 2011, he collaborated with the Department of Foreign Affairs (Philippines), FSI (Foreign Service Institute), ACHIEVE (Action for Health Initiatives, Inc.) and UNDP (United Nations Development Program) with his photo exhibit “RESPLENDOR” (The Blinding Light), a series depicting the different realities of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines which he later brought in an exhibition in San Francisco and New York USA in 2012.