China-born photographer 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 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.

The book features a selection of black and white photographs of Chinatown, Singapore, taken by 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. Additionally, the book also includes an introduction by 林仁余 Lim Jen Erh and an interview with Sha Ying by Tay Kay Chin.

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more awareness of the importance of recording our memories and our past through visual documentation so as to provide a historical reference for the future generations.

This book was launched at Sha Ying’s solo exhibition, which was held at Objectifs from April – May 2019.

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).

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BY Sha Ying
YEAR 2019
DETAILS Hardcover, 176pp
26 cm x 26 cmLimited edition of 500 copies, all individually signed and numbered
LANGUAGE English and Mandarin

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