In conjunction with the inaugural Kuala Lumpur International Photography Biennale and upon the recommendation of fellow photographer/curator Alex Moh, of Silver Gelatin fame, NN Gallery has invited four Malaysian photographers to present new works in black and white as well as hand coloured photographs.
Subjects as diverse as architecture and landscapes, abstract compositions, to still lifes and documentation work are all portrayed to highlight all these four photographers’ uniquely candid and personal view of life and our world.
All four men have been involved in numerous exhibitions throughout the region, as well as significant publications in books, magazines and journals. They are all accomplished photographers and travel extensively in search of the perfect picture.
Md. Yusoff Othman hails from Johor. Armed with a MFA(Photography) from Ohio University in the United States, Yusoff, is presently a lecturer at University Technology MARA. Yusoff’s series by the river captures in great detail rock and life forms by the river edge. He finds beauty in natural forms in the movement of water and the eroded textures of rocks and pebbles.
Syed Zainal Rashid works document events and people. Using a collage effect, Syed Zainal’s focus is to draw perspective from different views. His rich tapestry of images allows for unique style of photo-documentation, of narratives, of stories unfolding and expressions of the people.
Lim Hock Seng, a founding member of The Silver Gelatin group presents a series of still-lifes in black and white. Works such as Lettuce by the Sink and Air on Strings underline the lyrical and the poetic nature of his compositions. With great attention to detail and subtleties and nuances, Hock Seng presents romantic ideals common to paintings.
Arthur Teng, a graphic designer with Sime Darby Berhad, enjoys “making something beautiful out of nothing”. Arthur has won several commissions for books and calendars and has represented Malaysia throughout Asia showing his vast portfolio. His forte is in perspective, giving his pictures a spatial quality and depth, using only analog.
These four talented photographers capture the ordinary and simplicity and the complexities of life and create a pictorial image that is iconic, honest and memorable. What is common in all of these photographers is the sensibility to capture and celebrate their subjects with beauty, energy and life.