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Eye City 2003 - Photography Exhibition & Book Launch

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Eye City - A Visual Account of the Last 24 Hours was held for the second time in Singapore at the year-end of 2003. The response was overwhelming with 298 participants.

After several rounds of selection, 100 images that best uphold the spirit of the event will be featured in an exhibition-cum-publication. The black and white photography exhibition and book launch will open on 17 Sep 2004 at 7pm at ARTruim@MITA.

The exhibition will be open from 11.00am to 7.00pm from 18 - 22 Sep 2004. Admission is free and all are welcome.

In comparison with photographs submitted for the first year, the 100 images collected in year 2003s Eye City gave a more extensive and varied rendition of the facets of life.

Behind every picture seemed to have been a story of hope and disappointment, joy and pain, bustle and desolation encapsulating the physiognomy of the city. The images also depicted participants views of the city they live in and their relationship with the city.

The Beginning

A Visual Account of the Last 24 Hours was initiated by the Nanyang Folk Culture Society of Penang in 1999. Within two years it expanded to major cities in West Malaysia.

Singapore joined their ranks in 2002, with Nomadic Eyes Collective kicking off the event. Nomadic Eyes Collective is a gathering of people from diverse backgrounds, all with a common interest in retaining memories of this city. This year-end photo event is aimed at depicting changes cities undergo and documenting developments in humanism.

The Participants

Participants of Eye City 2003 ranged in age from 18 to 65, with the majority being between 20 to 30 years old. We are pleased to note the cultural diversity of the participants, with some immigrants from countries like Japan, United States, Britain, China and Indonesia, etc.

The participants came from all walks of life civil servants, accountants, teachers, architects, engineers, writers, administrators, arts practitioners and students, among others. While most of them are amateurs, a handful hails from the photography profession. It is noteworthy that the number of professional photographers who took part in the recent event has also increased.

The event did not adopt a specific theme; neither was it filled with much fanfare and pageantry. From 00:00 on 31 Dec 2003 till the clock struck 23:59 that day, participants were free to pick the time and place to capture the images. There was no restriction on the type of camera used, but the maximum number of submissions per person was 36 works.

Selection & Preparation

Then on 7 & 8 Feb 2004, members of Nomadic Eyes Collective, several photographers and individual participants converged to choose three pictures that appealed to them the most.

The selection criteria were based primarily on unique angle and content; technical skills were secondary. Photographers who formed the selection panel included Lim Seng Tiong, Sha Ying, Albert Lim, Bob Lee and Wee Teck Hian.

In early March, the selection panel met up once again. They chose 100 images from a large array of 900 photographs for an exhibition-cum-publication. These were works which could best uphold the spirit of A Visual Account of the Last 24 Hours.

For the publication, friends were then invited to pen their memories of the city, thus providing a verbal complement to the images. The photo book will be on sale at a special price of $15 each during the exhibition. After that it will be on sale at major bookstores at $20 each.

Members of Nomadic Eyes Collective include dramatist Lim Jen Erh, journalist Ng Siang Ping, art director Sam Seen, businessman Teh Thien Yew, and arts managers Wong Han Juan and Jeaner Toh. Arts researcher Koh Nguang How was responsible for putting together the exhibition.


See also:

Eye City 2002 - Photography Exhibition

Eye City 2002

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