Select Books and Oro Editions are pleased to invite you to a talk and meet-the-author session with Craig McTurk, author of Parting Glances: Singapore's Evolving Spaces, on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm.
Craig will speak about his experience shooting and researching the book, which features Kampong Lorong Buangkok, Seletar Camp, Pulau Ubin, People’s Park, MacPherson and Queenstown.
Parting Glances: Singapore's Evolving Spaces
Parting Glances: Singapore’s Evolving Spaces explores six iconic Singaporean neighbourhoods through photo essays. This book is a culmination of five years of shooting and research by Craig McTurk, an American filmmaker and educator who has been based in Singapore for over a decade.
“It was my background as a documentary filmmaker that nurtured my desire to tell a story of how a country has evolved so dramatically before my eyes,” McTurk explains.
The neighbourhoods featured in Parting Glances are: Kampong Lorong Buangkok, Seletar Camp, Pulau Ubin, People’s Park, MacPherson and Queenstown. The book goes beyond presenting general historical facts by featuring interviewees who share deeply personal experiences – from dogs in Buangkok who protect residents from snakes to an antique restorer in MacPherson who still sleeps in his shop on weekdays because he loves his work.
“Most of my interviewees were older, because I felt they were able to bring perspective to the changes happening around them. In many cases, the livelihoods of these individuals will not be passed on to the next generation, making their stories as fleeting as the buildings they inhabit. This book is dedicated to these interviewees who kindly shared their lives in these fascinating – but gradually disappearing – communities in Singapore,” says McTurk.
About the Author
Craig McTurk is an American filmmaker and educator who has been in Singapore for more than a decade. A recipient of a Student Academy Award and numerous grants and fellowships, he is currently a Senior Lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic teaching television production in the School of Film & Media Studies. McTurk has a BA in History from Oberlin College and an MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts.
Saturday, 19th October 2013, 3:00pm
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
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