A solo photography exhibition by Sha Ying

Chapel Gallery, Objectifs
25 Apr to 12 May 2019

Tues to Sat, 12pm to 7pm / Sun, 12pm to 4pm
Admission is free

Opening Reception and Book Launch: Thurs 25 Apr, 7.30pm
Admission is free to all the following events. 

“Take Present as Past”: Artist Talk by Sha Ying
– Sat 27 Apr, 2pm to 3pm (Mandarin)
– Sat 4 May, 4pm to 5pm (English)
– Sun 12 May, 2pm to 3pm (English)

Photowalk @ Chinatown, by Sha Ying:
– Sat 27 Apr, 4pm to 6pm (Mandarin)
– Sat 11 May, 4pm to 6pm (English)

Workshop: “From File to Print: Getting Your Images to Look Right on Print” by Kwa Boon Kee and Sha Ying
Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard
– Sun 28 Apr, 1pm to 2.30pm
– Sat 4 May, 1pm to 2.30pm
– Sun 5 May, 1pm to 2.30pm
– Sat 11 May, 1pm to 2.30pm

Sha Ying moved to Singapore in the early 90s, after living in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Curious about his new home, he wandered the streets after work, using photography to try to get to know the place better. While fascinated by Singapore’s multicultural society, Sha Ying was also particularly drawn to Chinatown. Now a Singapore Citizen, this is his first monograph.

Chinatown comprises a book and an exhibition of a selection of black and white photographs of Chinatown, Singapore, taken by photographer Sha Ying from 1995 to 2002. The photos have documented the changes of the landscape of Chinatown due to urbanisation and how the people and spaces have been greatly affected by social development.

Through this project, Sha Ying hopes to share his observations, reflections and even rare insights of what he had seen and photographed of Chinatown of a past era. This project also hopes to create more awareness of the importance of recording our memories and our past through visual documentation so as to provide a historical reference for the future generations.

Join in the curated photo walks with Sha Ying as he traces his footprints back to Chinatown, and capture images that tell a story with your camera. There will also be a series of artist talks dedicated to sharing stories through the lens of Sha Ying’s photography, and on why he has embarked on this project to record a part of our history. Learn about the challenges in printing, types of papers and printers, and different approaches of printing an image, at our workshops by digital printing expert Kwa Boon Kee and Sha Ying.

Click here to purchase the book from our online store. 

About Sha Ying

Sha Ying has been active in the local photography scene since moving to Singapore in 1995. His major engagements include This is Singapore, a book dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the Republic by 50 local photographers (2015); Departure, a book commissioned by Singapore Hospice Association (2009); Come Walk In Our Shoes, Singapore Where Worlds Meet, a book commissioned by MICA (2009), and he has held solo exhibitions My Homeland (1995) and Shadows Of Culture (1995), and exhibited at Month of Photography (2002 and 2007).