Tuesday, March 1, 2011
8:00pm – 10:30pm
Sinema Old School
Photographer, Writer, Researcher, Curator
INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ASEAN: FROM THE FALL OF MARCOS TILL THE DIGITAL BOOM
I am basically a researcher focusing on photography in Southeast Asia (ASEAN). As an extension of that interest, I write, curate and photograph. In this talk, I will look at the development of independent documentary photography in Southeast Asia since 1986. The year is significant because it signaled the start of the gradual breakdown of the dictatorial structures in place within the region–something that has always influenced the production of documentary photography around the world. The next two significant shifts occurred during the Asian Financial Crisis and the boom of digital technology. In this very brief overview, I will highlight key individuals and initiatives within Southeast Asia that have seized upon these changes to produce poignant works about the societies where they come from. In this sense, I am primarily interested in documentary photographers working independently in their country-of-origin, fueled by a burning desire to make thoughtful and intelligent comments about her or his environment. This session will end off with an extensive Q&A.
WE WOULD BE HEROES
Based in Nepal for the past few years, Edwin is a recipient of the prestigious Getty Grant for Editorial Photography. His project for the grant can be seen at http://imagery.gettyimages.com/getty_images_grants/recipients.aspx?date=9-2010&grant=editorial&who=Koo