"Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey" | Pre-order and Book Launch

Jul 11, 2012
Toa Payoh
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Please join us for the launch of Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey on 13 October 2016, 7pm at Objectifs.

For the launch, Zhuang Wubin, author of the book, will moderate a short exchange with famed street photographer, Chia Aik Beng, to better understand how the digitisation of photography has shaped his work. Aik Beng will also share his observations on how this development has impacted Singapore photography. This session will end with an open-floor Q&A between the speakers and the audience.

Limited copies of the book will also be available for sale at the discounted price of S$40. Please indicate your attendance at the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/537479086447433/.

If you cannot make it to the launch, NUS Press, publisher of this book, has generously made the discounted price available online during this pre-order period. Please make use of this excellent opportunity to purchase the book at a heavily discounted price! The offer will end after the official launch.

Here is the link: http://nuspress.nus.edu.sg/products/photography-in-southeast-asia-a-survey?variant=17698245829

Don't miss this super opportunity!


Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey is a comprehensive attempt to map the emergence and trajectories of photographic practices in Southeast Asia. The narrative begins in the colonial era, at the point when the transfer of photographic technology occurred between visiting practitioners and local photographers. With individual chapters dedicated to the countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam, the bulk of the book spans the post-WWII era to the contemporary, focusing on practitioners who operate with agency and autonomy. The relationship between art and photography, which has been defined very narrowly over the decades, is re-examined in the process. Photography also offers an entry point into the cultural and social practices of the region, and a prism into the personal desires and creative decisions of its practitioners.

“an innovative approach to a medium that is often not considered an 'art form' and is therefore overlooked in surveys of Southeast Asian art history…this original study also offers an insight into the role of images and visuality in shaping Southeast Asian society, culture and politics.”
Nora Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Zhuang Wubin is a writer, curator and artist. As a writer, Zhuang focuses on the photographic practices in Southeast Asia. A 2010 recipient of the research grant from Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam), Zhuang is an editorial board member of Trans-Asia Photography Review, a journal published by the Hampshire College and the University of Michigan Scholarly Publication Office.

Publisher: NUS Press, Singapore
Publication Year: 2016
524 pages, 235mm x 187mm
ISBN: 978-981-4722-12-4 Casebound
212 photographs