Thursday, May 2, 2013

Two Talks on Photography - Saturday, May 18, 2013

Select Books is pleased to invite you to join us for an afternoon of fascinating talks on photography on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

At 2:00pm, there will be a talk and booksigning by Thierry Falise, author and photographer of Burmese Shadows: Twenty-Five Years Reporting on Life Behind the Bamboo Curtain.

Following this, at 3:30pm, there will be a talk and booksigning by Tay Wei Leng about her book Convergence.

About Thierry Falise and Burmese Shadows
Thierry Falise is a Bangkok-based Belgian journalist, award-winning photographer, author and recognised expert on Burma, who has been reporting from within Burma each and every year since 1987. He has reported on a range of Southeast Asian issues with AP, Time, Newsweek, New York Times, The Sunday Times, South China Morning Post, Der Spiegel and Die Welt since 1986. He is represented by established agencies GAMMA and ONASIA.  He has published three books in French. 

Burmese Shadows is an unprecedented body of work highlighting the reality of life for ordinary people in Burma through stunning photographs. Covering 25 years, it highlights, with stunning photographs, the reality of living and fighting for survival for ordinary people in Burma. These harsh realities, however, are juxtaposed against the vibrant and rich traditions and cultures which combine to make the enigmatic country that is Burma.

About Tay Wei Leng and Convergence
Tay Wei Leng's practice examines how people’s relationships, priorities, and ways of life are shaped by the socio-political landscape of the places where they live. She has exhibited with organisations such as the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and the National Museum of Singapore; and participated in festivals such as the Noorderlicht International Photography Festival, the International Photography Festival of Rome, and the F/Stop International Photography Festival in Leipzig. Her work is collected by museums such as the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Tay has also worked in editorial photography for more than a decade. She has photographed on assignment for publications such as Time, Fortune, and the New York Times Magazine, and also worked as a photo editor for Time and the Far Eastern Economic Review, among others.

Comprising 65 images, Convergence is an intimate look at segments of the Chinese community in Singapore and Malaysia. This book questions and records the changes current generations experience as they grow increasingly distant from their grandparents’ homeland, as attitudes and values shift with each generation. It also looks at how this Chinese community has evolved with characteristics shaped by the co-dependent history, and social landscapes particular to Singapore and Malaysia. Convergence explores the ways of life and relationships of these people and reflects the ideas of race, heritage and language that are ingrained in the community.

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