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I apologize for this long period of absence away from blogging. This baby of mine, planning a student education programme for the Singapore International Photography Festival, has taken up so much of my time and energy. I got on board the festival committee around December last year, and things started to pick up after June. Go behind the scenes with us through this visual timeline.

Emailer designed by Erika showing details for the first ever student education programme for SIPF. For enquiries or registration, please email

I would also like to share some good news (long overdue)! A photo book “The Epiphany of States” which I contributed my maiden foreword and essay, was selected for exhibition at the C Photobook Show in Brighton from August 17 – 19 August and the D Photobook Show at Helsinki from August 31 August – September 2, 2012. The artist Liana Yang and I couldn’t make it down to see our book on display, but it seemed like there were lots of great stuff to browse around! More details on the show are available here.

It’s our first foray into self publishing photo books and we were really overjoyed and humbled for being so fortunate.

The Epiphany of States, a self published photo book by Singaporean photographer Liana Yang, with a foreword and essay written by Kong Yen Lin (2012). The work was exhibited at the 2012 Arles Photography Open Salon. The book was also featured in the The Invisible Photographer Asia’s Singapore Photo Books Day on October 13. – Picture Credit: IPA

Here is an extract from the essay of  “The Epiphany of States”:

“The Epiphany of States was born from Liana’s fascination with life’s oscillation between emotional extremities and the ambiguities in human expressions. Bringing realms of mass media and pornography into her work, she surveys with a somewhat ironic and distanced eye, anonymous young men of various ethnic backgrounds caught on camera while engaged in acts of passion. At the core of her art is an investigation into the profound relationship between pain and pleasure and how such boundaries blur between these seemingly contrasting emotions.”

More information about the artist can be found at her website.

The “Epiphany of States” is also available for purchase at $25 each, for 200 limited edition autographed copies. For more enquiries, please email 


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