By Darren Soh
In conjunction with Before It All Goes: Architecture from Singapore’s Early Independence Years
Sat 8 Sept 2018, 1pm to 4pm
Seminar Fee: $45

What is involved in photographing a building? Beyond documentation, how can architecture photography present a particular point of view? In conjunction with his solo exhibition and monograph launch Before It All Goes: Architecture from Singapore’s Early Independence Years, Darren Soh, who has spent more than a decade documenting buildings and spaces in Singapore, will give a seminar on architecture photography.

This seminar is recommended for those with an interest in architecture photography and in Singapore’s urban heritage. Basic photography proficiency will be helpful. Please note this seminar will not involve shooting but there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and Q&A with the instructor.

The seminar will cover the following:

  • What is architecture photography?
  • Why photograph buildings?
  • Getting started with architecture photography
  • Approaches to photographing buildings
  • Equipment for shooting buildings: is specialised equipment really a must?
  • What are some non-photographic considerations when making images of buildings?
  • Making it personal and how this can elevate architecture photography
  • Next steps in architecture photography

About Darren Soh:
Darren Soh’s photographic practice explores architecture, urban landscape and space. An established photographer who is most recognised for his documentation of vernacular architecture, Darren has been placed in several international photography awards over the years, including the Commonwealth Photographic Awards, the Prix de la Photographie, Paris, the International Photography Awards, PDN and ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu. His works have been shown widely, including solo exhibitions at The Esplanade and Objectifs (Singapore Art Week 2015), and internationally at photography festivals like Noorderlicht (The Netherlands) and Obscura (Penang). He has published several monographs including While You Were Sleeping (2004), For My Son (2015) and In the Still of the Night (2016).

Darren was one of the co-founders of Platform.sg, an initiative to showcase photography of Singapore or by Singaporean photographers. As champions of local photography, Platform.sg has gone on to support and publish 22 Singapore photography books and most recently, an exhibition of 34 Singaporean photographers in Istanbul (Apr-May 2018). He continues to advocate for photography as an art form, and contributes actively to the community through frequent public talks and ground up projects that focus on documenting Singapore.