Design Lecture by Stefen Chow - Photography as a Language

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Abstract

In this talk, Stefen Chow will discuss his career as a photographer in today's changing world, and how he uses long term projects to define his career while finding a balance in his commercial and editorial work. He will also use his experience as a judge for various competitions on how young visual artists can define themselves in a increasing noisy world.

About Stefen Chow



Stefen Chow (b. 1980) is a Malaysian-born, Singapore-raised photographer. Stefen undertakes long term projects with social conscience. Stefen is the co-founder of ‘The Poverty Line’, a global visual project that contexualises poverty. The project was referenced by the World Bank and exhibited as large scale installations at the Les Nuits Photographiques in Paris, PMQ in Hong Kong and the CAFA museum in Beijing. The project has been extensively featured in international media and is currently in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

His editorial and commercial work has garnered awards from World Press Photo, National Geographic and International Photo Awards. He has worked with global leading corporations and institutions including Apple, DHL, General Electric, Grey Group, Green Peace, GEO magazine, Wall Street Journal and the Smithsonian magazine. Stefen has also been on the jury for the Nikon Photo contest and head jury at Asia’s Crowbar Awards. He has been invited to speak at the APEC Women Summit, TEDx conferences, Hong Kong BODW, University of Sciences Po and National University of Singapore.

Stefen reached the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 25 and has been involved in more than 10 Himalayan expeditions. Nikon named him as one of Asia’s top photographers. Stefen is grateful to be living his dream; he currently lives and works in Beijing.

For more information, please visit his website here.

The Poverty Line

The Poverty Line at PMQ

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