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NOISE Singapore and Bear Fruit presents Documentary Photography by Jean Loo

Documentary Photography by Jean Loo

Are you already a photographer? Are you keen to use your photography skills to chronicle significant events and do your part to improve the community? Then don’t miss this 4-part workshop by Jean Loo, where you will learn about storytelling using documentary photography to bring greater depth and meaning to your work. This programme is presented by Noise Singapore and Bear Fruit Academy (an initiative of the National Library Board). Selected works from this programme will be showcased at the Noise Singapore platform (

Requirements from Participants
– Commitment to work on photo project outside course hours
– A keen interest in documentary photography, social documentary photography, photojournalism and storytelling
– A basic DSLR kit

Ready to take on the challenge?
To register, please send an email to by 30 September 2010 with the subject header “documentary photography” and the following details:
– Your name, NRIC and contact number
– Why do you want to join this programme (in 250 words)
– 5 of your best images (if you are submitting the images to be viewed as a series, do indicate it in your submission)
– required file format: hi-res .jpeg
– file size: max. 15MB
This programme is STRICTLY for committed individuals and only successful registrants will be notified.

Session Details (Successful registrants must attend ALL sessions)
Saturday, 16 October 2010, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Meeting Room, National Library Building (1st session)
Topics to be covered:
1. Introduction of trainer and background in photography
2. Workshop Objectives and introduction to assignments for the course of the workshop
3. Introduction to documentary photography and its relevance today
4. Getting started: Story ideas, research and deciding on a topic of interest and purpose of photo story.

Saturday, 30 October 2010, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Programme Zone, Queenstown Public Library (2nd session)
Topics to be covered:
1. Taking Better Photographs / Seeing things from a different point of view
2. The Photo Story – How to put together a set of images that tell a story or reinforce a message.
3. Photography according to assigned themes

Saturday, 6 November 2010, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Programme Zone, Queenstown Public Library (3rd session)
Topics to be covered:
1. The Written Word – How it can help a picture tell a thousand words
2. Audio and Video: An introduction to how multimedia can help the “storytelling” experience
3. Putting together a photography presentation

Sunday, 21 November 2010, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Multi-purpose Room, Central Public Library (Final Session)
Presentations by participants and final critique from class, traineer and guest editors.

About the Speaker
Jean is a freelance documentary photographer and writer who loves exploring the world with her camera and notepad. Fascinated with the diversity of people and cultures around the globe, she hopes to accumulate a life of adventure and create social dialogue through her work. Born in 1984 in Singapore, Jean graduated with an honors degree in Journalism from Nanyang Technological University. She is currently based in Singapore and works around Asia.

Her adventure started in September 2006 during a six-month trip around Southeast Asia to produce a book on children growing up amidst change in the region. Titled Changing Phases, the project was commissioned by the National Youth Achievement Award Council of Singapore and launched by then Minister of Information, Communication and the Arts, Dr Lee Boon Yang, in 2007. As a student journalist, the experience was mind-blowing, humbling and reaffirmed her decision to walk this path. In March 2008, she was selected for Objectifs’ Shooting Home workshop, which gave her the necessary fundamentals to embark on her professional career.

Since she started working independently, Jean has garnered a number of awards including five honorable mentions at the International Photography Awards and second place at the Asian Mosaics travel photography competition held during the inaugural Singapore International Photography Festival. Her work was also published in the Photo District News Photo Annual 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Jean was selected for the prestigious Eddie Adams workshop in New York City, a mind-blowing experience that sustains her whenever the going gets tough. She was featured in Female magazine as one of 18 local up-and-comers to watch and also described by the Asian Photography magazine as an emerging talent. Some of her other career highlights to date also include representing the National Heritage Board at the 2008 ASEAN Youth Camp in Indonesia and participating in The Rice Project where she documented the Asian tsunami victims in Sri Lanka and raised funds for Habitat for Humanity through a photography exhibition. For more information about her projects, visit


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