Hello, 2018 !

[ ※日本語版は英語版に続いて記載があります。]

We are happy to announce our program for the 2018 PhotoSymposium Asia!

After a successful inaugural event in May this year, we have been encouraged by your positive feedbacks and will once again be returning to The KL Journal Hotel in Kuala Lumpur in May 2018 for our second symposium with a vitally important and challenging topic.

Date : 11 – 13 May, 2018

Venue : The KL Journal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The masthead or topic of discussion will be “PHOTOGRAPHY AS A MEDIUM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”. Although social change photography encompasses headline grabbing activism and advocacy causes; to a greater extent, it is evident in a large proportion of photo projects that we come across day to day – on social media postings, in online websites and in photography books.

Part of being a photographer today is to be socially aware and conscious of events that are happening around us. As photographers, we are always inquisitive – questioning, challenging, probing – even if we aren’t photographing.

The nature of photography and it’s power to influence decision makers throughout history is well known, and yet, when it comes to personal projects that may be more mundane, these are often only ‘ideas’ left behind in the corners of our minds. so often than not, the mind is willing but self doubt and insecurity gets the better of us in pursuing that story.

How do we get those amazing ideas off the ground? How do we do research and identify strategies? How long should projects take? Who are the target audiences? How do we create effective campaigns? How can we express artistically and effectively through photography, the issues raised in these projects?

These are just some questions that are often raised by photographers.

© Mitsu Maeda - My Recollections series, 2012
© Mitsu Maeda ~ A caregiver cuts her toenails, Kochi 2012 – My Recollections series on dementia

Closer to home, there are social cause stories that need to be told and shared to a wider audience – stories covering sensitive issues such as domestic abuse, dementia, autism, family or gender issues, discrimination; issues on environmental and greening, urbanisation,  vanishing trades or arts etc –  may be developed by concerned photographers with a little guidance and knowledge of the process.

We are assembling a set of speakers who are known for their works in advocacy and social change photography – from photojournalists and activist film makers, documentary photography to visual art based projects. The dedication to their causes have been resolute, as may be seen by the accolades they have all achieved in their careers.

– SL


  1. Manit Sriwanichpoom, Thailand
  2. Mahi Ramakrishnan, Malaysia
  3. Azrul Kevin Abdullah, Malaysia
  4. Noriko Hayashi, Japan
  5. Zann Huizhen Huang, Singapore
  6. Nurul Huda Rashid, Singapore

>Go to Presenters Profiles

>Get Delegate Tickets Here

>Go to Schedule of Symposium 2018


今年5月に開催された2017年写真シンポジウムは、多くのプレゼンターや参加者たちが集まり、多くの議論が交わされ無事、閉幕しました。様々なフィードバックもいただき、2018年5月、第2回アジア写真シンポジウムを、第1回と同じ会場であるKL Journal ホテルにて、開催いたします。

日程 : 2018年5月11日〜13日

会場 : The KL Journal Hotel(マレーシア クアラルンプール)

第2回シンポジウムのメインテーマは、「社会を変える媒体としての写真」です。 社会を変える写真、というと、新聞・雑誌のヘッドラインに載るような活動や主義主張を含みますが、明らかに私たちは、日々ソーシャルメディアやオンライン、または写真集などで、より多くの写真プロジェクトを目にします。







– SL


  1. Manit Sriwanichpoom(タイ)
  2. Mahi Ramakrishnan(マレーシア)
  3. Azrul Kevin Abdullah(マレーシア)
  4. 林典子(日本)
  5. Zann Huizhen Huang(シンガポール)
  6. Nurul Huda Rashid(シンガポール)







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