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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben1223
    I read the Streats article. It also said the works are going to be shown in a website www.ngcasia.com next month if I'm not wrong.

    But there's something not quite right about the whole thing. It's not because ang mohs were commissioned. It's like paying NGC to make a feature about you.
    These days, Singapore is marketed as a brand, not only as a destination. Branding needs $$$. So happens that the Ang Mohs and Japs are some of our largest market.

    Its a bit like Sony's ad, where they get photogs to advertise/model their cams and viedocams.

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    Perhaps STB want to see what Singapore is like through their eyes, and express it with their photography skills.

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    Talk about Singapore supporting Singaporeans.....(ask not what Singapore can do for you, but what you can do for Singapore)

    I believe thier (the ang mohs or others) work will be good no doubt, but this is still homeland. And who knows it better? They or ourselves?

    Is it just profit that matters anymore.......ho-hum...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna
    Haha...this one no choice...U don't want me to put Ahmad Latif do you?
    Haha,,,, that's what exactly STB will say to us..... agree?
    always the Light, .... always.

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    Ouch. I'm generally pro-West, educated in the West, but this still hurts. I wouldn't draw the line at Ang Moh v us, more a case of foreigner v local - as someone else pointed out Michael Yamashita is Asian, but not Singaporean.

    I don't know. From a logical standpoint, hiring foreigners offers a different perspective. But in theory you need locals to shoot a country, because only locals can know a country intimately. They will bring a breath of fresh air yes, but they cannot infuse it with the life of a place they know little about.

    Still, I think it's something we all have to live with. Someone from Singapore once said to me, I'll be very in demand back in Singapore by my phone voice, but the moment they see who I am (ie Singaporean) my stock goes back down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reachme2003
    read in Streats today that Singapore Tourists Bureau had commissioned few 'ang mohs' to shoot Singapore few months back. they are Sisse Brimberg, Steve McCurry and Michael Yamashita.

    'ang mohs' good?
    I'm not sure abt u guyz, but here's my take abt this Ang Mor thing taking photos for STB's tourism books.

    1) A lot of places locals see and hear abt everyday until sian 1/2. Some of the common perspectives in places of interests had probably been covered to death.
    2) With foreigners coming in to shoot, they might offer a fresh new perspective frm a foreigner's viewpoint
    3) If foreign photographers are able to cover fresh new perspectives, they can draw more tourists frm their own countries, subsequently, other countries will follow suit and everything falls in line

    Well, that's my view. Not sure abt u guys.

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    I think basically it's based on a marketing point of view; as some of you have pointed out, our target is based in Europe and Far East, and so I guess a foreigner would have some perspective of what would attract them. We know the Merlion is totally fictitous, but if Japanese and Europeans are so fasinated with things like these, give them what they want.

    For us local bred Singaporeans and SPRs, we know certain parts of Singapore intimately, very much like our own playground. But what appeals to us might not appeal to the foreigners. (Just look at the 'escorts' they pick up from Orchard Towers... )

    I think it would be a bigger hoo-haa if Singapore was trying to promote Singapore to Singaporeans with foreign photographers!

    Just my thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark75
    I think basically it's based on a marketing point of view; as some of you have pointed out, our target is based in Europe and Far East, and so I guess a foreigner would have some perspective of what would attract them. We know the Merlion is totally fictitous, but if Japanese and Europeans are so fasinated with things like these, give them what they want.

    For us local bred Singaporeans and SPRs, we know certain parts of Singapore intimately, very much like our own playground. But what appeals to us might not appeal to the foreigners. (Just look at the 'escorts' they pick up from Orchard Towers... )

    I think it would be a bigger hoo-haa if Singapore was trying to promote Singapore to Singaporeans with foreign photographers!

    Just my thought.
    you have a valid viewpoint, if they know what their market wants, they may be able to sell better.

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    agree with the issue of "marketing".

    the selected nat geo photogs are more well known globally than any singaporean photog (from my observation). so, the halo effect will extend to their photographs, and singapore's appeal.

    mebbe that will change when a singaporean photog makes it into nat geo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppinghippo
    I think there's always issues beyond the photos, by getting these guys, whatever results from them will ride on their own reputation and popularity, so in a sense they will be to Singapore what Jeannette Aw is to Lee Hwa.

    eg. in the future, photos by them will be hungrily/readily eaten up by the west, plus a few quotes from them like "singapore's wonderfully rich in diversity, etc etc...." and hordes of tourists will follow.

    I think we shouldn't be so narrow minded on the choice of photogs.
    this post is spot on.

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