If you are Serious about your photos, you should attend this talk by WuBin


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This is for those who are serious about their craft and want to learn from the master with critical eyes and mind, one of the best in South East Asia - Zhuang WuBin

Be refresh and see things from different perspective you never see or thought of before.

Independent Photography in Southeast Asia since 1980 by Zhuang Wubin
Since the 1980s, four external factors have given rise to independent photography in Southeast Asia.

Rapid economic growth within the region meant that local photographers have more avenues of finding work. The security of having commercial work or a teaching job has made it easier for some, including Nirmala Dutt Shanmughalingam (b. 1941; Penang) and Ismail Hashim (b. 1940; Penang), to explore photography as a medium of independent expression.

The fall of Marcos in 1986 took the lid off what has always been an energetic community of photographers in the Philippines and signalled the start of the gradual breakdown of the dictatorial structures within the region—something that has always influenced the production of documentary photography around the world. It allowed people like Alex Baluyut (b. 1956; Manila) who used to work underground to emerge and stake their claim on the historiography of Philippine photography.

The Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 and the ensuing Reformasi movements in Malaysia and Indonesia left a mark on local artists and informed the works of Erik Prasetya (b. 1958; Padang), Manit Sriwanichpoom (b. 1961; Bangkok) and Yee I-Lann (b. 1971; Kota Kinabalu).

Last but not least, the widespread proliferation of digital technology in the last decade has lowered the barrier of entry for younger photographers and made it easier for them to communicate their works to editors and curators across the world. This has led to the emergence of artists like Nge Lay (b. 1979; Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar), Souliya Phoumivong (b. 1983; Vientiane) and Khvay Samnang (b. 1982; Svay Rieng, Cambodia).

In this brief overview, Zhuang will highlight individuals within Southeast Asia who have seized upon these shifts to produce poignant works about their concerns and the societies where they come from. He will also contextualize and explain why their works stand out from the “typical” photographic productions within their respective countries.
zhuang wubin 庄吴斌

Wubin is a chamelon. Curator, educator, photographer, researcher and writer, he wears many hats yet blends seamlessly into each one of them. Well traveled and focused on the photographic practices within ASEAN, he documents with genuine interest of our heritage and identity. Fearless in his assessments, Wubin’s discussion will be a sumptuous spread for all attendees, especially those keen on the development of photography within SEA.

Date 21st April
Time 1030 - 1200
Location MIG; SAM@8Q

Register for this gem of a talk here: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/anni...tography-southeast-asia-since-1980-wubin.html

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May 5, 2005
Loved to attend this.. but I'm working on saturday morning.. :-(

Jul 11, 2005
Love the sessions but the walks overlap with a lot of them. Any chance the sessions will be recorded?

Thanks very much for organizing this! Keep up the good work.


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Love the sessions but the walks overlap with a lot of them. Any chance the sessions will be recorded?

Thanks very much for organizing this! Keep up the good work.
Unfortunately no recording. Walk faster lah and come back to attend the talk ;p

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