The latest in the world of photojournalism unveiled at inaugural CLICKART convention.
Opportunity for participants to re-discover Singapore’s arts scenes on photo shoots led by master photographers
Singapore, 1 April 2003 - Photojournalists and photography enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity of discussing the latest developments and techniques that are impacting the profession and the art of photography. Issues such as the future of photojournalism, creativity and the adoption of digital format will be discussed at the inaugural ClickArt - World Photojournalist Meet 2003 (ClickArt 2003).
To be held at the Raffles City Convention Centre from 6 to 8 June 2003, the event will feature a keynote presentation, hands-on workshops, photo shootouts where participants will be able to get tips from master photographers, and a panel discussion.
Several well-known names in photojournalism have been invited to speak at the convention. Heading the list is keynote speaker Steve McCurry. McCurry, a celebrated National Geographic photographer, will showcase his forte in capturing the human experience on film in his presentation, 20 Years of Photography in Asia. He will take participants through the highlights of his career behind the lens and provide updates on his recent work to places including Tibet, Cambodia and Afghanistan.
McCurry will also speak at a workshop on Taking Portraiture to the Next Level. “During my workshop, participants will be inspired to forgo traditional rules of portrait making and to define a personal vision and approach. I hope to impart my skills in capturing the soul of a person. It was during my early days in India that I learned the art of watching and waiting on life. If you wait, people forget your camera and the soul drifts into view,” he enthuses.
Sharing the limelight with McCurry as workshop speakers are Chip Simons (USA), Tay Kay Chin (Singapore) and Masahiko Yamamoto (Japan).
Simons is a master photographer who is much sought-after and he will conduct a workshop on Location Lighting. He will focus on the use of proper lighting for each situation, including a special technique he has mastered called ‘light painting’ where lighting implements such as flash lights and spotlights will be introduced.
Tay, who is Hasselblad’s Master of Photography for 2003, will delve into his personal approach towards daily assignments in his workshop, An Idea a Day. Participants in his session will be challenged to generate new ideas from repetitive and mundane subjects.
With the digital format increasing in popularity among press photographers around the world, Asahi Shimbun photo editor Yamamoto will share his expertise on Digital Photography and Its Impact on Photo Editing. He will discuss the techniques involved and how digital photography differs from traditional film photography.
Participants can take advantage of the unique interactive opportunities with leading photo professionals and explore several arts belts and cultural enclaves, based on the themes of Space, Behind the Scenes, Reaching out, Asian Roots and Arts at Work. The routes will include a special tour of Singapore’s newest and most exciting arts development, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, the Civic District, Singapore River, Orchard Road, arts belts like Robertson Quay, Chinatown, Waterloo and Little India, as well as other arts facilities and activities in other parts of Singapore.
Participants will also get to engage the four speakers in a panel discussion, The Future of Photojournalism, held on the final day.
At the end of the event, participants can look forward to the promise of international publicity and professional recognition as photographs taken during the shootouts can be submitted as entries for the ClickArt Best Photography Award and the Best Photo Essay Award.
“There has been a proliferation of arts performances, art appreciation and related activities in recent years, as Singapore drives towards becoming a global city for the Arts. ClickArt World Photojournalist Meet will not only promote the art of photography but also capture the vibrancy of the local arts scene,” remarks Mrs Susan Loh, Co-Chairman of the organising committee and Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing at the National Arts Council.
“We are pleased to offer delegates the chance to witness and document the process that Singapore is undergoing as we move towards the goal of becoming a vibrant Arts city. The annual Singapore Arts Festival, which will coincide with the event, further expands the diverse range of available subjects for the participants,” said Mr David PC Tay, Chairman of the ClickArt Organising Committee.
Networking among the best in the photojournalism field abounds as the organisers - the National Arts Council, Singapore Tourism Board, Contact Singapore and Singapore Economic Development Board - will be hosting some 100 photojournalists from all over the world during the ClickArt event.
Participation at ClickArt is also open to amateur photographers. Photo buffs interested in taking part can email email@example.com for details or visit the event website, www.photoimagingasia.com/clickart. Special rates and discounts are available.
Deputy Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong will be the guest-of-honour at the opening of ClickArt 2003 and the concurrent Photo & Imaging Asia exhibition. The official opening will be held on 6 June at Suntec Singapore. Other concurrent events are the ASEAN Photo Exhibition and Lianhe Zaobao’s Great Moments in Lianhe Zaobao Photojournalism photo exhibition.
ClickArt 2003 is organised in partnership with The Photographic Society of Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings, MediaCorp Press and Meeting Planners International. Its main sponsor is the Lee Foundation. Other sponsors are Nikon and Fuji Film, Raffles the Plaza, Apple Singapore, CHIJMES and Epson Singapore.
Supporting publications are Better Photography (India) and State of the Arts (Australia).