August 12, 2012

Announcement of Singapore International Photography Festival and Magnum Photos Mentorship 2012

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Written by: Emaho Magazine
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Singapore will soon buzz with an energy that will reflect the creative energy of the young. Come November this year and the third Singapore International Photography Festival will kick start in the metropolis. 23 lucky photographers will earn themselves the chance to be mentored by three, award winning veterans of the field of photography. The mentorship programme is the outcome of a collaboration between photography giant, Magnum and the photo festival. The programme will be comprised of online and in person guidance by the three Magnum mentors chosen for this year namely – Stuart Franklin, Mark Power and Jacob Aue Sobol. The programme aims at helping the participants to create a portfolio over the course of about 3 months.

Magnum Mentor, Stuart Franklin is famous for his documentation of man in relation to the environment. Stuart won the World Press Photo Award for the picture of a man defying a tank in Tiananmen Square, China in 1989. He has also completed a plethora of assignments with National Geographic.

Zakaria Zainal- ‘Singaplural’  (Singapore) © Magnum Photos 

Mentor Mark Power is known for his large format and conceptual approach to all his projects. Power’s work has been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the globe and he has also published 5 books.

Jacob Aue Sobol’s book Sabine, which is named after his girlfriend, was an outcome of his life spent on the East Coast of Greenland as a fisherman and hunter. It was nominated for the 2005 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize. In 2008, His book I, Tokyo was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award and has been published in several countries.

Shen Chao Liang – ‘STAGE’ (Taiwan) © Magnum Photos 

Of the 23 participants for the mentorship programme, 10 places have been awarded to participants from Singapore while the remaining 13 have been slotted for applicants from around the world.

Anida Yoeu Ali- ‘Buddhist Bug Project’ (Cambodia)© Magnum Photos 

The final portfolios produced by the 23 chosen participants will be showcased as a group project that will be part of the festival opening in October 2012, and it will go on through November. The programme aims at elevating the standard of Southeast Asian photography and broadening the perspective of photographers about the region.

Patty Carroll- ‘Anonymous Women Draped’ (United states) © Magnum Photos 


23 Jul to 4 Oct: Main body of the mentorship programme
5 Oct: Official Launch of the 3rd SIPF
9 to 13 Oct: Intensive 5-day in-person workshop
13 to 20 Oct: Exhibition of graduating photographers’ works at The Arts House

Musuk Nolte Maldonado- ‘SHAWImystery with a name of its own’ (Spain) © Magnum Photos 


The Singapore International Photography Festival is a biennial gathering of minds from around the world with the common pursuit of advancing the art and appreciation of photography. It aims to be a much-needed arena for critical thought and academic discussion on photography in Southeast Asia. The SIPF will also function as a key platform to discover, nurture and propel Southeast Asian photographers onto the international stage. Through its satellite programmes, the festival aims to engage the public and cultivate a larger audience. At the core of SIPF is a firm belief that everyone can enjoy photography. Visit for more information.

Joel Yuen- ‘If there is something strange about me, I am not aware of it’ (Singapore) © Magnum Photos 


Magnum Photos is a photographic cooperative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer

members. With powerful individual vision, Magnum photographers chronicle the world and interpret its peoples,
events, issues and personalities.

Flore-Aël Surun- ‘Some Desire in the Wings’ (France) © Magnum Photos 

The Magnum Photos library is a living archive updated daily with new work
from across the globe. You may search or browse our 500,000+ images which are available online for licensing
in a variety of formats.

 Fernando Montiel Klint – ‘Acts of Faith’ (Mexico)© Magnum Photos 

At Emaho, we’re always excited to see endeavours that promote creativity and help showcase it.

So here’s kudos to SIPF from team Emaho!


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