Ernest Goh – Fish Face #14


Ernest Goh’s close encounters with these creatures of the slimy-scaly kind began in the longkangs around the Siglap kampong where he spent much of his early childhood. Armed with nothing but empty milk tins and his bare hands, he scooped up whatever went past — tadpoles, guppies and the occasional frog. Prized possessions they were then. Today, fish continue to fascinate millions of hobbyists worldwide, turning Singapore into the world’s ornamental fish capital. (The island accounts for 24 per cent of world export and over 40 per cent of the Asian market.)In this book, 38 varieties of fish and aquarium creatures that have charmed enthusiasts all over the globe — including the Red Bubble Eye, Shovelnose Catfish and Albino Clawed Frog — are shown in colourful, close-up glory. Surprising, whimsical and always fascinating, Fish Face series is master photographer Ernest Goh’s homage to the humble longkang fish for ensuring his childhood world went beyond late-afternoon cartoons and school textbooks.

About Ernest Goh

Ernest Goh’s passion for animals was nurtured as a young boy wading in the streams of his grandmother’s kampung village looking for fishes. He considers his passion for animals a natural extension of his interest in photographing the human condition. Fast paced global development has caused a sharp increase in animal-human interactions and better appreciation of nature will be crucial to both species in the future. In The Fish Book (Wee Editions, 2011) he presented a whimsical study of the ornamental fish in Singapore and in October 2012 he received the Discernment Award at the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu photography awards for his portraits of fowls. He is also the creative director of The Animal Book Co; an outfit that works with animal welfare groups through photography.

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ARTIST Ernest Goh
COUNTRY Singapore
YEAR 2011
FORMAT DIASEC Facemount Print
DETAILS 25.5 x 25.5cm

Edition of 250; comes with certificate of authenticity

Prints are signed at the back

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