Ching Yee (b.1980) is a Singaporean photographer and educator. Trained as a Chinese teacher, she started pursuing her growing passion in photography in 2008. Prior to this, she was the pioneer teacher-in-charge of the Photographic Society of Crescent Girls' School for a number of years. She has organized school-wide photography competitions, exhibitions, courses, workshops, and guided students in event photography, class and Co-Curriculum Activities (CCA) group portraiture and in winning national photography awards.
Currently, while teaching photography and Chinese language, she shoots weddings, events, editorial, portraits and food. She also enjoys assisting other photographers.
Her personal works veer towards documentary and conceptual portraiture with a social message, often shedding light on the subculture. She draws inspiration from music, film, art, literature, toys and conversations.
Ching Yee holds an Honours Degree in Chinese Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary school).
PHOTOGRAPHY WORK, AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS
Ching Yee has exhibited at Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) 2008, in which she was one of the 8 Singaporeans selected and her works were shown at the National Museum of Singapore. She was featured as an emerging young photographer in Her World and August magazine the same year. She has also held group shows at 2902 Gallery, The Arts House and Objectifs in Singapore. Her works won Honourable Mentions and were in its Official Selection at International Photography Awards 2008-2010.
With a love for the arts, Ching Yee has done photography work for Singapore Biennale for National Arts Council, Istana Art Event for Singapore Art Museum, Mint Museum of Toys, Objectifs, Art Outreach, Ministry of Education, National University of Singapore, Orchard Turn Developments and I-Bridge Rhiss Design, among others. Her works have appeared in Wedding & Travel magazine, Her World magazine, The Straits Times newspaper, etc. She has taught at School of the Arts (SOTA), Little Arts Academy and Objectifs, and helped in organizing Month of Photography Asia 2008.
■ Solo exhibition "Offstage" (2008-2013), featuring portraits of cosplayers taken in their own homes.
Opening night on 27 Nov 2013
Exhibition runs from 28 Nov-21 Dec 2013
Objectifs Gallery (56A Arab Street)
Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 12-6pm
Another set of works from this series will be exhibited at major youth community event "EOY Cosplay Festival"
15 Dec 2013
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EOY Cosplay Festival page: http://theeoy.com/2013/offstage-a-solo-exhibition-by-tan-ching-yee/
■ Presented a public talk on "Shooting Our People" at the National Museum of Singapore, as part of the 10 years anniversary of Shooting Home workshop organized by Objectifs.
■ In group exhibition "Paradise Lost II", showing her latest portraiture work on cosplayers.
17 Nov - 7 Dec 2011
2902 Gallery (Old School, 11 Mount Sophia Road)
■ Honorable Mention in International Photography Awards 2010 (IPA) Professional People: Children category.
■ Runner-up in Professional Photography: work published in New York's Creative Quarterly Issue 21 Winter 2010.
■ Ching Yee exhibited at "The Familiarity of the Familiar" Class of 2008 Reunion Show (Shooting Home workshop 2008).
Curated by Francis Ng, a local award-winning mixed media artist, The Unfamiliarity of the Familiar shows the photographic works of nine diversely different individuals coming together to create narratives on themes ranging from alienation, familial ties, identity to sexuality.
Featuring the works of Tan Bee Hoon, Tan Ching Yee, Jean Qingwen Loo, Kevin Seow, Malcolm Koh, Mulyadi Syariffudin, Shaun Tan, Ulla Gratton and Chen Wei Li.
1-21 Oct 2009
The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane S(179429)
*click to see larger picture
Brochure: click here (pdf)
■ Ching Yee was part of a group of volunteer photographers involved in the Month of Photography Asia 2009: InsideOut II "Migrant Voices" project, organised by Phish Communications and Objectifs. In about 8 sessions, the volunteer photographers taught different groups of migrant workers the basic knowledge on how to shoot a photo story in Singapore with a compact camera. Selected photographs taken by these migrant workers were exhibited in June at the Month of Photography 2009, at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.
■ Ching Yee participated in Shooting Home photography workshop organised by Objectifs.
■ She was one of the 12 participants of the annual Affordable Photo Fair held in Dec 2008 at New Majestic Hotel, organised by Objectifs. Her travel and landscape works were on sale at the fair.
All artworks are priced affordably below $300. There was a variety of photographs by different photographers at the fair, with each photographer having at least 20 different images for sale.
SALE OF PHOTOGRAPHY WORKS
If you are interested to enquire on or acquire Ching Yee's works, please contact her at email@example.com. Thank you.
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