Singapore International Photography Festival goes to the public at MRT stations

SINGAPORE - From Beauty World to Bugis, the walls of six Downtown Line MRT stations will display photographs curated by the Singapore International Photography Festival in October.

These include Canadian photographer Scott A. Woodward's series on North Korea, to be displayed at Newton station, and home-grown artist Marvin Tang's nature series Stateland, which will hang at Botanic Gardens station.

The works were shortlisted by a jury panel of curators as part of the festival's Open Call Showcase initiative. Some of them will also be displayed at the Alliance Francaise de Singapour and National Library Building.

Supported by the Land Transport Authority and Moove Media, it is an effort by festival organisers to make photography more accessible to the public, as the biennial event enters its fifth edition this year.

Speaking at a media conference at the independent arts space Deck on Wednesday afternoon, the festival's artistic director Gwen Lee also unveiled the festival's line-up, which runs from Aug 19 to mid-November.

These include solo exhibitions by three reputed photographers - Japan's Daido Moriyama, China's Li Zhensheng and the United States' Roger Ballen - which are curated based on the festival's theme this year, The Archive.

"People have the impression that archives are about forgotten memories, but actually, the act of archiving is continuous and a daily activity. For example, when you take a photo and put it on Facebook, that photo is part of an archive," says Ms Lee.

Other activities include talks, professional workshops, portfolio reviews , student education programmes and guided tours.

View it/Singapore International Photography Festival

Where: Various locations

When: Various timings, Aug 19 to Nov 13

Admission: Festival Pass $50, concession pass for students,NSFs and senior citizens $35 (entitles holder to all public programmes). Concession pass sold only at Deck office at 120A Prinsep Street

Info: Go to www.sipf.sg or www.deck.sg

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