Photo Project Workshop with Zhuang Wubin

Photo Project Workshop with Zhuang Wubin | Bandung, Dec 12-18, 2011

Black Man Ray and Distorted Darkroom — supported by Invisible Ph t grapher Asia, Soemardja Gallery, and Platform3 — proudly announced our next event — Photo Project Workshop with Zhuang Wubin — which will be held in Bandung on Dec 12-18, 2011.

Workshop Mechanism

This workshop is for serious hobbyists, budding artists and professional photographers who want to develop personal photo projects. Participants can propose projects that are documentary or conceptual in nature. The proposed project can also be Photoshop-based or driven by research into found/vernacular photographs. Please makes note that this is not a technical workshop, we’re going to work on the content side.

There will be 10 places for this workshop, selected based on portfolio. Participants should prepare an edit of a completed or ongoing project. The edit should not consist more than 20 images. A short introduction to the work should be included, if possible. This will make the portfolio stronger.

Participants should also propose a project that they hope to pursue during the workshop. It can be something new, or a continuation of an ongoing work. It can also be an extension of the submitted portfolio. Ideally, the project should be based in Bandung. But this requirement is flexible, especially for those who propose conceptual or Photoshop projects. Participants will not be penalized if they cannot think of anything. But they will be at a disadvantage.

Due to time constraint, participants should work with digital format. Participants should free up time, and focus solely on this workshop during the time. During the workshop, the tutor will work closely with each participant on a daily basis to develop the project.

The best workshop portfolios of the participants will be shown in Invisible Ph t grapher Asia (IPA) and Black Man Ray website.

Workshop Place and Date

Bandung, Indonesia | December 12-18, 2011

Portfolio submission

Submission deadline is on November 30th, 2011, max. 20 images. Each photo should be resized into 720px on the longest side, JPEG format. Send to The successful candidate will be notified on December 3rd, 2011 by email.

Workshop Fee

IDR 1.000.000 for Indonesian nationality participant, USD 200 for international participant. This doesn’t includes any accommodation, transportation, or meals that may incur during workshop.

Program Schedule

Monday, December 12th, 2011

  • 10AM (1.5h), Soemardja Gallery-ITB
    Introductory lecture for participants only: “What is a photo project? Examples from Southeast Asia”
  • 12PM (3h), Soemardja Gallery-ITB
    Participants will have individual discussion with tutor on their ideas.
  • 4PM (2h), Soemardja Gallery-ITB
    Public lecture: “Independent Photography in Southeast Asia since 1980” by Zhuang Wubin
  • 6.30PM (1h), Distorted Darkroom
    Participants whose ideas have not been approved should continue their discussions with tutor.

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

  • Participants whose ideas have been approved should work on them. Participants whose ideas have not been approved should continue their discussions with tutor. Private consultation.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

  • Shooting and private consultation (on an individual basis)

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

  • Shooting and private consultation (on an individual basis)

Friday, December 16th, 2011

  • Shooting and private consultation (on an individual basis)

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

  • Editing at Distorted Darkroom, shooting and private consultation (on an individual basis)
  • 4PM, 2h, Platform3
    Group discussion

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

  • Morning until 3pm, Distorted Darkroom
    Editing, if necessary
  • 4PM, 1.5h, Platform3
    Public slideshow presentation by Invisible Photographer Asia
  • Tea & praying break
  • 6.30PM, 1.5h, Platform3
    Public slideshow presentation by workshop participants: Each of them will be required to introduce their work. The images will then be projected. Tutor will make comments about each project.
  • 9PM, Kedai Bahagia!
    Workshop closing and dinner-party at Kedai Bahagia!

About The Organizer

BLACK MAN RAY is an independent photography gallery & blog based in Bandung, Indonesia and dedicated to contemporary documentary & fine art photography. Black Man Ray Projects was initiated by Eric Setiawan, Budi Sukmana, and Dicky Jiang in January 2011 to share our passion with friends and everybody else through our
photography projects. We hope that Black Man Ray can be a place where friends — locally and globally — can gather in the same place and have
a nice, friendly conversation over some coffee & photographs.

DISTORTED DARKROOM is a playground build by Sari Asih and Gyaista Sampurno, a husband and wife, whose being passionate with photography and willing to share their place and time with others. In addition to renting our darkroom, we are also focusing ourself in making workshop of photography. We do believe that a distortion might leads us to a new door. Life is far from boring after all!

Supporting Partners

INVISIBLE PH T GRAPHER ASIA (IPA) is a collective of photographers in Asia united by their common passion for street photography and visual journalism. IPA also serves as a platform, blog, showcase and library archive of street photography and visual journalism in Asia. Invisible Ph t grapher Asia was founded in April 2010 by Kevin WY Lee.

PLATFORM3 is an initiative space with focus activities on exhibition and artist in residence programs. In holding its activities, PLATFORM3 attempts to develop artist’s thematic and artistic ideas through intense discussions. All exhibitions held by PLATFORM3 underline every artist’s statement as the most important aspect.

SOEMARDJA GALLERY As part of an educational institution, initially the
gallery is a place for the academic circles of ITB to exhibit their works. Nowadays, it is a place for contemporary art exhibitions and for the students to learn and study the management of exhibitions
and art programs through curatorial and volunteering works. To stimulate a wider general public on contemporary art issues, Soemardja
Gallery also holds art programs such as discussions, seminars and workshops by artists and art experts in the national, regional and
international fields. The gallery also accommodates other visual art practices, including industrial design, architecture, craft, photography, and visual culture in general.

About Zhuang Wubin

(b. 1978; Singapore) does long-term photographic
projects on the Chinese communities in Southeast
Asia (ASEAN).

Published Photo Books

  • Wubin, Zhuang. Chinese Muslims in Indonesia.
  • Singapore: Select Books, 2011. [Essays by Charles
    Coppel, Enin Supriyanto and Yenny Wahid]
  • Wubin, Zhuang. Ten Chinatowns of Southeast Asia. Edited by Oscar Motuloh. Jakarta: Antara Photojournalism Gallery, 2010.
    [Essay by Oscar Motuloh; In Bahasa Indonesia]
  • Wubin, Zhuang. Chinatowns in a Globalizing Southeast Asia. Edited by Leo Suryadinata. Singapore: Chinese Heritage Centre, 2009. [Essays by Ang Cher Kiat]

Commissions, Grants, Awards

  • 2010 Research Grant, Prince Claus Fund (The Netherlands)
  • 2008 Photo Commission to Document the Chinatowns, Chinese Heritage Centre (Singapore)
  • 2003 Mervyn Neo Scholarship, Ogilvy and Mather
  • 2002 Chinese Language Journalism Fund, Singapore Press Holdings
  • Zhuang Wubin is also a researcher focusing on contemporary photographic practices in Southeast Asia. In 2010, he received a grant from the Prince Claus Fund (the Netherlands) to further his research.

Curatorial Projects

  • 13 Sept to 4 Dec 2011, correspondent curator for Singapore and Southeast Asia, Photoquai 2011, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
  • 16 to 26 Dec 2010, City and Interaction: A Photographic Exhibition of Five Artists from Southeast Asia, contributing curator for Jakarta International Photo Summit, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta
  • 22 to 29 Oct 2010, Notes from the South: New Photography from Southeast Asia, contributing curator for International Orange Photo Festival 2010, Changsha, Hunan Province, China

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