Hosted at http://asianeyes.nikon-asia.com, Nikon Asia and Objectifs launch the second series of its year-long online exhibition “Through Asian Eyes”. Titled “Past and Present”, this quarter's theme showcases three photographers from Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, promising once again to delight online visitors with diverse perspectives of contemporary photography from all over Asia.
April 28, 2011
Nikon Asia, in collaboration with Objectifs, has launched the second series of its year-long Asian photography online exhibition titled “Through Asian Eyes” – which was launched in January this year. In this quarter, three other photographers are featured in a theme of “Past and Present.”
The 2nd edition of “Through Asian Eyes” focuses on the documentary genre, as our photographers become witnesses to our times, exploring both our past and present.
Singaporean Deanna Ng's Pasat (market) series is a personal story, of a neighbourhood market that she has frequented since her childhood. Her initial portraits, photographed in 2004, are colourful caricatures of the hawkers. But as her story progresses to the current day, the daily lives of the shop owners take a more sombre and muted tone, with the hard reality of life as a hawker.
Ahmad Zamroni shares in his series how the different histories and rich traditions of Indonesians coexist, albeit tenuously at times. From the Walsa tribe in Papua to the Balinese Hindus, we are struck by the beauty and diversity of the many cultures.
Finally, Malaysian Rahman Roslan's series documents the volcanic eruption of Merapi, Indonesia in 2010. His black and white images draw our attention to the painful emotions surrounding this event, which instantaneously changed the lives of thousands.
In conjunction with the series of photos from each photographer, there is also an interview documenting each photographer's thoughts and rationale behind the photos they have presented.
Nikon believes that “Through Asian Eyes” is a well needed platform that supports its mission of developing a vibrant photography scene amongst emerging photographers as well as promoting Asian contemporary photography.
To view the exhibit "Past and Present", visit http://asianeyes.nikon-asia.com.
About“Through Asian Eyes”
“Through Asian Eyes” was launched in January 2011 with the inaugural exhibition theme of “Rising Stars”. The first exhibit in January this year presented visions of a new generation from three photographers which were Stefen Chow (Singapore), Khaled Hasan (Bangladesh) and Sarun Srisingchai (Thailand).
Photographers are selected based on their style and the work they had been doing. Nikon also looked out for emerging photographers who would be able to share stories about Asia and offer a fresh perspective to an international audience.
“Through Asian Eyes” is a year-long campaign that will see four different exhibition themes launched this year, one every three months. In collaboration with Objectifs, a visual arts centre for all photography and filmmaking enthusiasts and professionals, photographers are selected from various different Asian countries and their works are then curated according to the selected theme.
In the selection of “Past and Present” photographers, all three are long-time Nikon users who have been shooting with their Nikon cameras since they started their photography careers, and they were excited at having been selected to showcase their works.
Since the inaugural launch of “Rising Stars” in January, photographers Stefen Chow and Khaled Hasan as well as “Past and Present” photographers Deanna Ng and Ahmad Zamroni, have gone on to speaker engagements such as at Nikon Malaysia's recent 10th Anniversary from 31st March 2011 to 3rd April 2011 at MidValley Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur. This was the biggest Nikon event in Malaysia, visited by ten thousands of visitors for the mega 4-day event. During the exhibition, the photographers of Nikon Asia's “Through Asian Eyes” campaign were invited to share their photography experiences, much to the Malaysian audiences' delight.
Nikon Asia's “Through Asian Eyes” is a growing platform that allows Nikon to fulfill a new mission of bringing new works into the world of photography, creating a new level of distinction and recognition for photographers out there. More than that, the campaign allows Nikon's faithful photographers even greater opportunities share their works with a wider audience, particularly on a showcase that is dedicated to presenting an Asian perspective of Asia.
“Past and Present” Photographer Bios
- Deanna Ng, Singapore
Deanna Ng, an independent documentary photographer and educator, majored in computer science and information systems but decided to pursue photography and turned professional 6 years ago. In 2006, the University of Missouri, USA, selected Deanna as an International Participant for the prestigious Missouri Photo Workshop. Photography has been a way for her to understand more about life by looking into other's lives. Deanna was one of the nominees shortlisted for the inaugural Icon de Cordon Bleu Martell Photographer of the Year Award in 2010.
- Ahmad Zamroni, Indonesia
Ahmad Zamroni, or Roni, a Jakarta-based Indonesian photographer, started his photojournalistic career in 2002 when he signed up to join the Kompas Cyber Media before moving in to the Jakarta Bureau of international newswire service, the Agence France-Presse. Since mid-2010, he has been working for the Forbes Indonesia magazine. Throughout the years, he has taken part in numerous photo exhibitions, both at home and overseas.
- Rahman Roslan, Malaysia
Rahman Roslan is based in Kuala Lumpur and his major interests are social and humanity photography. His work possesses sensitive and cognitive styles. He is one of the few young and emerging Asian photographers who has been chosen to attend the prestigious workshops at the Angkor Photography Festival. His work has been published extensively, including in Reuters, Agence France Press, European Pressphoto Agency, TIME magazine, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Berita Harian Singapore, Strait Times Singapore, etc.
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