CON T E MPO R A R Y S I NG A PO R E P H O T OG R A P H Y: A S U R V E Y – TAASA Review December 2011


This article was originally found in the December 2011 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 38).

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Gael Newton I n October 2008 I found colleagues and friends were rather blank about my upcoming two-week holiday in Singapore, two days of which were allocated to participating in the inaugural Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF).

The greater merits of the ancient monuments and exotic street life of India, Thailand or Cambodia, the beauties of Vietnam or pampered boat cruises up the Mekong, were all warmly recommended to me as alternatives. An invitation had come to me to participate in the SIPF initially via Zhuang Wubin, a young Singaporean documentary photographer, researcher, writer and curator.

He wrote on behalf of Festival Director Gwen Lee, director of 2902 Gallery, then the only exclusive photoart gallery in Singapore and the largest in Southeast Asia. Arriving in Singapore the heat was no surprise; the art of short forays from the hotel soon mastered...