Visual Arts, Talk/Workshop

Chinatown - a Solo Photography Exhibition by Sha Ying

Organised by: Sha Ying
  • Date:
    25 Apr - 12 May 2019
  • Time:
    Tue - Sat: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sun: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Closed on Mondays and public holidays

    Opening Tea Reception & Book Launch: 25 Apr, Thu, 7:30pm

  • Venue:
    Chapel Gallery, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film
    Chapel Gallery, Objectifs Centre for Photography and FilmChapel Gallery, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film
  • Admission:
    Registration required for all programmes via eventbrite, on a first-come-first-served basis.


Chinatown comprises a book and an exhibition of a selection of black and white photographs of Chinatown, Singapore, taken by photographer 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.

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awareness of the importance of recording our memories and our past through visual documentation so as to provide a historical reference for the future generations.

Join in the curated photo walks with Sha Ying as he traces his footprints back to Chinatown, and capture images that tell a story with your camera. There will also be a series of artist talks dedicated to sharing stories through the lens of Sha Ying's photography, and on why he has embarked on this project to record a part of our history. Learn about the challenges in printing, types of papers and printers, and different approaches of printing an image, at our workshops by digital printing expert Kwa Boon Kee and Sha Ying.


Opening Tea Reception & Book Launch: Thu, 25 Apr 2019, 7.30pm


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).


Artist Talks by Sha Ying: "Take Present as Past"
Sat 27 Apr | 2pm to 3pm (Mandarin)
Sat 4 May | 4pm to 5pm (English)
Sun 12 May | 2pm to 3pm (English)

Photo Walks @ Chinatown by Sha Ying
Sat 27 Apr | 4pm to 6pm (Mandarin)
Sat 11 May | 4pm to 6pm (English)

Digital Printing Workshops: "From File to Print: Getting Your Images to Look Right on Print" by Kwa Boon Kee and Sha Ying
Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard
Sun 28 Apr | 1pm to 2.30pm
Sat 4 May | 1pm to 2.30pm
Sun 5 May |1pm to 2.30pm
Sat 11 May | 1pm to 2.30pm

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Chinatown - a Solo Photography Exhibition by Sha Ying