We Will Have Been Young

The Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass was a programme that was born from a need to capacity build local photographers through a programme that provided expert mentorship over a period of 12 months. Through the programme some of the region’s finest emerging photographers will have an opportunity to develop their skills as photographers, thinkers, activists and representatives of their communities. The programme will help elevate their talent even further in developing important work that is both timely and captures the zeitgeist of the time we live in.

This programme came about as an idea by Vignes Balasingam in 2013 to enable a cross cultural as well as a knowledge and skills exchange between Southeast Asia and the rest of the world. The ideation to the programme would be developed through the immense knowledge and ground-work gained through the OBSCURA Festival programmes. In 2015 Vignes Balasingam discussed this idea with Mr. Rolf Stehle of Goethe-Institut Malaysia who encouraged the further development of the programme. With the help of Jörg Brüggemann of Ostkreuz Photographers Agency (Berlin), the programme enjoyed further refinement. In 2016, with the support of the Goethe-Institut through Mr. Stehle, the programme became a reality.


Khiev Kanel, Cambodia
Asrul Dwi Fajar, Indonesia
Muhammad Fadli, Indonesia
Alvin Lau, Malaysia
Elliott Koon, Malaysia
Yu Yu Miynt Than, Myanmar
Dennese Victoria, Philippines
Geric Cruz, Philippines
Amrita Chandradas, Singapore
Lee Chang Ming, Singapore
Watsamon Tri-yasakda, Thailand
Linh Pham, Vietnam

Exhibition Dates

11 January-3 February 2018
Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, Singapore

06-18 April 2018
NU Art Sculpture Park, Bandung, Indonesia

8 May-27 May 2018
Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta, Indonesia

25 July-25 August 2018
Mabini Projects, Manila, Philippines

20 October – 18 November 2018
Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“Everybody asks us who do you want to be when you grow up?”. But nobody ever asks,“Who are you right now?”

We Will Have Been Young limited edition photobook designed by Calin Kruse of dienacht Publishing, Leipzig, Germany.