In the Still of the Night (While You Were Sleeping) is a collection of photographs of large-scale nocturnal landscapes of Singapore by award-winning architectural and landscape photographer Darren Soh. In this series, he visits banal, empty spaces in the far reaches of Singapore, some of which he had photographed for an earlier series, While You Were Sleeping, which was published in 2004. He documents the drastic transformations that these spaces have undergone over time– changes which have gone unnoticed by the man on the street due to their ordinary and geographically insignificant nature. Through his images, he presents an unfamiliar side of Singapore and reflects on the transient quality of their existence in an ever-evolving city.

The book includes a foreword by Darren Soh and essays by designer and academic geographer Joshua Comaroff, and writer and researcher Justin Zhuang.

“In many ways, the Singapore Story is one of human beings bending a tiny island to their will. Unfortunately, the unintended consequence is that we end up continually destroying the old in order to create the new. My personal photographic journey has become a mission to fervently document this relentless change — to record these spaces so that the people who come after us may know then too, albeit only in a digital representation.” – an excerpt from Darren Soh’s foreword.

Watch the short documentary While You Were Sleeping’ by Darren Soh (dir. by Jeremy Ho), launching 31 Mar, 9pm (SGT) here and purchase prints from this series here.

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, an initiative to showcase photography of Singapore or by Singaporean photographers. As champions of local photography, 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.

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BY Darren Soh
COUNTRY Singapore
YEAR 2015
DETAILS 345mm x 295mm, 144pp 


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