In this fifth and final episode of the Walking With Photographer series, Mindy Tan brings us around the nostalgic Kebun Bahru neighbourhood – home of the Singapore Bird Singing Club. Amidst the coffeeshops, birdsong, and the vibrant market, the conversation spans the range of Mindy’s thematic interests in photography. Walking amidst this quaint neighbourhood, the dialogues touch on the pervasive appeal of this quaint district, as well as the camera’s potential for preserving fading ways of living.
Mindy Tan, 39, is Singapore-born, ethnically Chinese. Her best subjects are people.
She was a newspaper journalist (2004-2008), focusing on migrant labour, youth and community.
In 2007, she won the Society of Publishers Asia (SOPA) Award for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting.
From 2008, she began her journey as a photographer, taking assignments from portraits, lifestyle, documentary to sports. Commercial clients include Nike, Uniqlo, Microsoft, Mini, Fujifilm, and Singapore Tourism Board. Editorial clients include Reuters, Die Zeit, BMW magazine. She has been involved in events such as the Beijing Paralympics 2008, Formula One Grand Prix, International Monetary Fund conference, and WTA Championships.
In galleries, her work has been featured at the National Museum Singapore, as well as Photokina in Germany, Fujifilm galleries in Japan. In print, her photos of North Korea has been featured in The Guardian, Ouest France and Hong Kong’s Photonews 摄影日报.
On TV, Channel News Asia’s Asia Exposed dedicated an episode to her work on disability in Manila.
In 2019, she hosted a Community Chest 3-episode series on the Viddsee network, and also scripted and co-produced a 90-min film, Camera Punk, for Fujifilm. She is an ambassador, an X-Photographer, with Fujifilm.
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