14-31 August 2015

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.


Truth Imaginariums , curated by Arko Datto

Love Me or Kill Me - Sarker Protick
By An Eyewitness - Azadeh Akhlaghi
Shauna - Sean Lee
A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World - Robert Zhao
Dark Lens - Cédric Delsaux
Collected Works - David Hilliard
Poly Spam - Cristina de Middel
La Ville Noire: The Dark Herat of Europe - Giovanni Trolio
Jan Mayen - Cristina de Middel

Open Curations, curated by Vignes Balasingam

The Essential Veil - Diana Lui
Confessions of an Evil Orientalist - Waswo X Waswo
Black Tsunami - James Whitlow Delano


Belonging : All That Could Have Been - Marco Wiegers
Photography As Journey - Ian Teh
POPCAP Prize for African Photography 2014, with Benjamin Füglister
Evidence - FORMAT Festival, curated by Louise Clements
Hidden/Intimate - Calin Kruse
Desert Forest Sea - Ying Ang


Crisis Reporting in a Time of Great Change - James Whitlow Delano
The Democratic Forest in the Digital Age - Ying Ang
Documentary Photography and Beyond - Sarker Protick
Desktop Confessions - Marco Wiegers
The Life of the Archive : The Kashmir Photo Collective - Alisha Sett
Confessions of an Evil Orientalist - Waswo X Waswo


he international photobook show is aimed at increasing the exposure for photobooks from across the world and to generate awareness and encourage the next generation of photobook makers. The principal curators for the 2015 show are Daniel Boetker-Smith, director of The Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive (AUS) and Wawi Navarroza, curator at Thousandfold (PHI).

This year’s events include a selection of over 100 specially curated photobooks, talks by the curators of the Photobook Show, book signings and launches and the Magazine Salon curated by Calin Kruse. There will also be a special curation from the archives of the Indie Photobook Library, specially curated for the festival by Larissa Leclair. Many of the books at this year’s event are rare, out of print and/or in limited circulation, yet of huge artistic and cultural significance. Collectors, lovers and enthusiasts of photobooks are invited to be part of this unparalleled experience, and all events are free and open to the public.


The OBSCURA Masterclasses is one of the leading photography masterclasses in the region. The programmes being run this year owes itself to the highly successful photography programmes we’ve run since 2013 with some of the industry’s leading practitioners and tutors. Each of the 2015 programmes has been specially designed from the ground up to push photographers to rethink their approach to photography. Alumni from previous programmes have gone to win major photographic prizes, including the World Press Photo award. These programmes are catered for emerging and experienced photographers. The Masterclasses are a great place for building lasting friendships, networks and knowledge. It is a stepping stone to becoming part of the fabric of professional photographers, within and outside Asia, while creating work that is both meaningful and of the highest artistic standards.


Ian Teh
Wawi Navarroza
Hajime Kimura & Léonard Pongo
Sarker Protick


The OBSCURA Festival Portfolio Reviews are a great opportunity for photographers to get consultation from prominent curators, photographers, editors and industry experts about your photography and projects. These 20 minute 1 on 1 sessions are designed to give the individual photographer the chance to obtain feedback, advice and explore creative ideas.


The #PHOTOCHEQ project is a youth photography programme with the objectives of instilling a deeper understanding and appreciation of the participants’ community through photography. The programme achieves this through a workshop platform that encourages participants to see their world through heightened and renewed perspectives. The project also seeks to equip participants with better techniques and thoughts on photography, birthing a new generation of photographers within the community. #FOTOCHEQ culminates in a print exhibition in the neighbourhood as well as a showcase of the work at the OBSCURA Festival Masterclass & Workshop Slideshow on the 16th of August 2015. This project is hosted by Ecocentric Transitions.


George Town Festival
J&A Imaging Station
The Press, Chulia St.
Poh Hock Seah Temple
Inch & Plates
China House
The Camera Museum Penang
Whiteaways Arcade

Hotel Penaga
Glow Hotel
Syok @ Chulia
U Hotel
23 Love Lane

Ecocentric Transitions
Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive
Photobook Melbourne
Photography Studies College