MASTERCLASS : THE PROCESS, THE NARRATIVE & YOUR JOURNEY with IAN TEH
DESIGNED FOR THE YALE-NUS COLLEGE, SINGAPORE
WITH TOM WHITE, GARETH RICHARDS, BETTINA CHUA & ROWEN S. NIRMAL
1-9 AUGUST 2019 / GEORGE TOWN, PENANG
- THIS PROGRAMME IS CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION -
THE PROCESS, THE NARRATIVE & YOUR JOURNEY
In my 25 years of being a photographer and teaching numerous workshops around the globe, there are recurring issues I have struggled to overcome in my own process and also identified in my workshop participants. In this workshop we will try to address some of the biggest hurdles in making a great photographic story that is impactful in its message as well as arresting as a series of photographs.
This workshop explores the Creative Process, a framework essential for one’s development as a visual storyteller. The class will explore the possible avenues of their visual storytelling process the decisions that one makes as a thoughtful photographer. The framework provides a critical structure for which the student to grow within, learning to make objective step by step decisions along the way as they craft their narrative and explore ways in which they want to develop the story. The workshop aims to establish a solid foundation within the photographic practice in order to inform future development. The 9 day programme will cover key areas of the creative process from the development of a story idea, visualising and problem solving, to its realisation — the development of these skill sets will be incorporated within the framework of a photography project of the student’s choosing. The workshop will focus and explore creative considerations involved in shooting, sequencing and reasonings behind the decisions prior to the final production. All these stages of the photographic practice are important and necessary to developing a coherent body of work — the maturation and advancement of these key foundational blocks will enable the photographer to constantly explore and push their creative limits.
Ultimately, in one’s practise, personal or professional, one has to be able to motivate and make decisions for oneself. How does one maintain that engagement and learn to ride through the doubts and still be able to make sensible and creative decisions when we are not in the position to know all the answers? Familiarising and building a workflow and creative process, for which one can ask challenging questions to diagnose ones aims, the whys and hows will essentially develop an objective and open attitude to challenge one’s approach in order to develop a well thought out approach to any project.
The OBSCURA Festival Visual Anthropology programme is designed for a high-level education experience for tertiary students currently pursuing graduate and postgraduate degrees.
The primary goal of the programme is to equip participants with a solid understanding of technical approaches and practical experience in visual anthropology and journalism through the use of images and text to create sophisticated stories. Its secondary aim is to be a platform for high level knowledge and skill exchange as well as an experiential learning programme that leverages on the local environment, history and culture.
The programmes will include an analysis of approaches, styles and concepts as well as in and out of class assignments and project focus. This masterclass will allow each participant to bring their unique voice, vision and tertiary training and apply their knowledge as well as their individuality in the process of conceptualising, production and editing of their work.
IAN TEH’S MESMERISING IMAGES OF LANDSCAPES TELL A STORY FAR MORE GRIM
LEAD MENTOR, PHOTOGRAPHY
In 2018 Ian was awarded a travel grant from the Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting and presented his work on climate change at the prestigious 2018 National Geographic Photography Seminar. He recipient of the International Photoreporter Grant 2016 the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography 2014 and the Emergency Fund 2011 from the Magnum Foundation. In 2013, he was elected by the Open Society Foundations to exhibit in New York at the Moving Walls Exhibition. In 2015, during the COP21 Paris climate talks, large poster images of his work were displayed on the streets of Paris as a collaborative initiative by #Dysturb and Magnum Foundation. He is a co-exhibitor in Coal + Ice. Ian’s work has been published in National Geographic, The New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek and Granta. Ian is a returning mentor at the OBSCURA Festival since 2013. His work Traces : Dark Clouds was exhibited at OBSCURA Festival 2013. Ian is a member of the British agency, Panos Pictures.
ASSOCIATE MENTOR, PHOTOGRAPHY
Tom is a freelance photographer currently based in Singapore. He teaches Documentary & Photojournalism at Yale-NUS College and workshops with the Objectifs Centre. He has previously taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and at the International Center of Photography in New York. Tom had also worked on a variety of photography-based social engagement projects and is interested in all aspects of visual literacy and communication, particularly socially engaged art, journalism and the relationship between media and society.
A former academic, Gareth Richards is a writer, editor and bookseller. He is the founder-director of Impress Creative & Editorial, which deals with diverse areas of book production, notably consultant editing and translation. In May 2014 he set up Gerakbudaya Bookshop, the first independent bookshop in George Town’s world heritage site of and opened a second branch in 2018. He is also the co-founder of the arts space, Hikayat, in Penang. He is the co-author/editor of Asia–Europe Interregionalism: Critical Perspectives, and wrote the texts for two books of photography, Portraits of Penang: Little India and Panicrama, and the exhibition catalogue Character Types (2017).
INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES MENTOR
A spinner of many plates, Bettina Chua Abdullah is co-founder and director of Hikayat, Penang’s latest nexus of art, literature and culture. A prediction that she would never have a single career turned out to be remarkably true: she was chief anchor of Squawk Box for business network CNBC Asia; producer and presenter of her independent series Asian Style, and moderator of the Merdeka Award Roundtables, addressing issues of national interest and consequence, on Astro. A foray into property development and management saw her create Malaysia’s first gourmet food hall. She is the founder of The Fay Khoo Award for Food+Drink Writing, and self-directed student of Islamic art and architecture. This rich variety of life is the foundation of Bettina’s talent and skill at moderating talks, interviews and creating new learning experiences.
ROWEN S. NIRMAL
FIELD AUDIO RECORDING MENTOR
Rowen S. Nirmal is an audio engineer/podcast producer based in Kuala Lumpur with 10 years experience in the audio/music industry counting in over 850 live shows and 5000 hours of studio work as a recording/mix engineer. Currently he is the Audio & Visual Production Manager for OBSCURA Festival of Photography. He has a long professional practise with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music from The University of Wolverhampton.
Adeline Chua has been a travelling writer and educator since 2012. She examines cultures through a journalistic lens with an educator's aim to understand. Growing up in the small town of Seremban, Malaysia, Adeline's wanderlust is largely a by-product of suburban boredom. Armed with curiosity, she sets out to explore local cultures no matter where she ends up. Her words and images have appeared in TimeOut, ELLE, and national travel site My Malaysia. She is currently based in George Town, Penang (until the wind changes direction).
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