Duration: 1 to 9 August (Masterclass) and 16 to 18 August (Festival), 2019
Project Instructors: Tom White and Ian Teh, in partnership with the Obscura Festival of Photography
This Visual Anthropology LAB was developed by Yale-NUS instructor Tom White in partnership with documentary photographer Ian Teh, working alongside Vignes Balasingham, Director of the Obscura Festival of Photography.
For myself, this masterclass embraces the trans-disciplinary nature of a liberal arts education. The partnership gives students across the majors the opportunity to work on in-depth research-based documentary arts projects in an intensive masterclass environment which aims to simulate the professional environment. With facilitators working alongside students to generate rather than transfer knowledge, we encourage this collaborative space as one that speaks to the pedagogical strengths at the heart of the liberal arts model. For me personally, seeing participants’ work evolve throughout the masterclass as we build the structures on which we can expand the horizons of their creativity is an immensely satisfying challenge.
Instructor of Humanities (Documentary, Photojournalism and Visual Communication)
The LAB programme was well-organised, offering ample opportunities to engage with very experienced mentors culminating in a chance to exhibit amongst professional photographers in at the Obscura festival. I enjoyed how it challenged us to think more critically about photographs, the narratives they construct, and how they function as a tools for exploration. Overall, I had a fruitful and memorable experience and would strongly recommend to anyone looking to explore photography as a medium further!
Class of 2022
The LAB was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had as I had the freedom to do my own documentary project while receiving valuable feedback from our mentors Tom White and Ian Teh, and I was put in many situations out of my comfort zone like going out to sea with the fishermen I was documenting. I would go for this LAB again if I could!
Class of 2022
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