11-31 August 2014
OBSCURA Festival of Photography is a celebration of our Asian identity in an increasingly globalised world. 2013 marks the inaugural OBSCURA Festival, hosting the world’s most prominent photographers and curators. The objective of the festival is multifold. The festival’s main aim is to promote education, exchange and culture. Much of the Festival’s activities revolve around these aspects through workshops, exhibitions, dialogue, sharing and knowledge and skill exchange.
Asian Women Photography Showcase, curated by Yumi Goto
Mothers of Patience - Fatemeh Behboudi
Milktooth - Cemre Yesil
Call Me Heena - Shahria Sharmin
Fukushima Samurai - Noriko Takasugi
Five Nights Aquarium - Wensin Zhang
Japanese Photography Showcase, curated by Yumi Goto
Open Curations, curated by Vignes Balasingam
PROJECTION EXHIBITION CURATIONS
KMOPA Young Portfolio Acquisitions - Yuko Yamaji
Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase - Yumi Goto
Spanish Photographers’ Showcase - Leafhopper, Blanca Galindo & David Simon Martet
Photography Is Personal - Arko Datto
KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS, TALKS & FORUMS
Trading To Extinction : The Project - Patrick Brown
New Mission of Photographic Art of Chiang Mai University - Kanta Poonpipat
In Conversation with Maggie Steber
On Long Term Projects - Ian Teh
Eat, Pray, Photograph : Being A Woman in the World of Photography Today - Diana Lui
The Current State of the Photography Market and How to Adapt to that New Reality - Marc Prüst
From Zine to Magazine to (Photo) Book - Calin Kruse
Creating Connections : The Project of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive - Daniel Boetker-Smith
OBSCURA FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTOBOOK SHOW
The OBSCURA Festival International Photobook Show is a feature event for photobook lovers, collectors and enthusiasts. This one of a kind photobook show features books from all across Asia and the globe. This programme was developed from the very successful Photobook Library project of 2013, which featured over 130 books curated by the festival and its partners. For more information about that programme, go to the 2013 archives.
THE PINHOLE CAMERA PROJECT
The pinhole camera project is a project hosted by Ecocentric Transitions. Its a project that works with school children from the community to build public pinhole cameras through the use of recycled and found items. The project is at once designed to introduce the wonders of the box camera through the building of it as well as to impart ethical ideas on recycling, conservation while building the leadership, confidence, inter-personal skills and communication abilities of our young partners.
MASTERCLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
OBSCURA Festival Workshops Series features some of the world’s most prominent photographers teaching together in Malaysia for the first time. The programmes are catered to both amateur and professional photographers who want to seriously improve their visual journalism. The programmes are a mix of in-class time, group discussions, 1 on 1 reviews and editing work. Students benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience their mentors bring to the classroom as well as working with their peers.
George Town Festival
J&A Imaging Station
The Press, Chulia St.
Poh Hock Seah Temple
The Embassy of the United States, Malaysia
The Camera Museum Penang
Syok @ Chulia
Chiang Mai University
Studio Wawi Navarroza
Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive
Reminders Photography Stronghold