Presenter Profiles 2017


Course Director, Photography Studies College, Melbourne; Founder of Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive.


Presentation topic : A reflection on contemporary photographic education in Australia – The good the bad and the ugly.

Daniel Boetker-Smith is a writer, curator, educator and artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Daniel is the Course Director at Photography Studies College, Melbourne. He is also the Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, a not-for-profit organization established in 2013 to promote and share the books of photographers from the Asia-Pacific region at festivals, galleries, and institutions all over the world. Daniel was recently appointed as the new Managing Editor of Photofile, Australia’s oldest photography magazine.


Photographer / Educator / Tunku Abdul Rahman University College

Presentation topic : Advantages of formal education in Photography, Eiffel will share his personal experience undertaking a photography degree in the UK  and his formative years as a photographer, transitioning from a hobbyist to a fine art practitioner. Current practices in Malaysia.


Eiffel Chong graduated with an MA in International Contemporary Art and Design Practice from the University of East London and a BA (Hons) in Photography from London College of Printing. He is an award-winning photographer and has been featured in many exhibitions in Malaysia and around the world.

He recently won the 2nd Prize in Category D for the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015, Japan. He is also one of the finalists for the Asia-Pacific Photobook Award 2015, Australia and Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2014, Hong Kong and he has been nominated twice for the Prix Pictet. The exhibitions that he has been involved in are ‘After Image: Contemporary Photography From Southeast Asia’, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; ‘Others & Me: Contemporary Photography Exhibition’, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE; and ‘Malaysian Eye’, Whitebox Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Besides his production of photographic work, Chong is highly engaged with the Malaysian photographic community; taking on the role of mentor for the Goethe Institut Malaysia/Nikon Shooting Stars programme and Exposure+ Workshop. In addition, he has been appointed to the panel of judges for the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2013 and 2016.



Presentation topic : Laura will share her personal experiences : her journalism background leading to her current success as a documentary photographer.


Photo © Chiara Goia

Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer. She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents. She attended high school in Saudi Arabia, started university in Cairo, Egypt and finished in the US. She reads, writes and speaks Arabic, thinks and dreams in English and feels both. This unusual blend carries through her photographic work. Her photography is inspired by questions on her identity – exploring social and environmental issues pertaining to her background.

In 2002, she started her career as a newspaper photographer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Sarasota Herald-Tribune (USA). In 2006, she became freelance to pursue personal projects. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (USA) with dual degrees in journalism and political science. Additional education includes an MA in Art and Media Practice from the University of Westminster (UK/2011) and a Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford (UK/2009).

Her first book, In the Shadow of the Pyramids, offers a first person account exploring memory and identity against the backdrop of her native Egypt’s political turmoil from 2005 to 2014. Self published on Jan. 25, 2015 to coincide with the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, it has been named as one of the best photography books of 2015 by several critics and book collectors. It earned the nomination for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016.


Commissioner / Founder and Chief curator of TOKYO-GA project
Guest professor of Taisho University / Curator of Espace KUU
Associate curator of Gallery 916


Presentation topic : Global collaboration for photography projects

Developing and sharing education methods for future photography development programs in the region. How to initiate international cooperation and networks.

Naoko OHTA is president and CEO of Klee, Inc., which provides a wide range of art-related services, including production of international exhibitions, artist representation, editorial direction, publication of books and photography collection. She is also a member of the Committee of RAIEC, Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival.


Artist/Founder of Thousandfold, a platform for contemporary photography and photobooks in Manila

Presentation Topic : Photobooks and Photozines in the Philippines. A survey and why we D-I-Y


Wawi Navarroza is a multi-awarded artist from Manila known for her works in photography. She has shown in various institutions and museums worldwide and is active in the dialogue for contemporary photography and independent publishing in the region and internationally. She has 2 books “Dominion” and “Hunt & Gather, Terraria” and is included in many anthologies for contemporary photography in the Asia.

She is a graduate of De La Salle University, Manila, with a continuing education at the International Center of Photography New York, and European Master of Fine Art Photography at the Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid.

In 2015, she founded Thousandfold, a platform for contemporary photography and the first public photobook library in the Philippines. The initiative also encourages the development and publishing of author works in photography through Thousandfold Small Press, and promoting visual literacy by sharing current practices, hosting and participating in lectures, slideshows and events locally and internationally.


Writer, curator and artist


Presentation topic :

Photography in Southeast Asia

1. Brief introduction to the findings in “Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey” (NUS Press, 2016)

2. A partial mapping of the academic institutions and art venues involved in teaching photography in Southeast Asia

3. Modalities of teaching photography in the region and their prospects

As a writer/curator, Zhuang focuses on the photographic practices in Southeast Asia. A 2010 recipient of the research grant from Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam), Zhuang is an editorial board member of “Trans-Asia Photography Review”, a journal published by the Hampshire College and the University of Michigan Scholarly Publication Office. He has been invited to research residency programmes at Institute Technology of Bandung (2013) and Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2015). He is the contributing curator of the biennial Chiang Mai Photo Festival (2015, 2017).

Published by NUS Press, “Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey” (2016) is his fourth book. As an artist, Zhuang uses photography and text to visualise the Sinophone communities in Southeast Asia.

Zhuang has delivered papers, exhibited work, curated shows and taught classes at: Hong Kong Design Institute (2016); Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University, Bangkok (2016); MA in Asian Art Histories, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016); Lianzhou Foto 2015, Guangdong; Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University (2015); Sabah Museum (2015); Sharjah Art Museum, UAE (2014); ZeroStation, Saigon (2013, 2014); Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore (2012-14); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); Run Amok Gallery, Penang (2013); Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (2013); MA in Visual Culture Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2013); Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2012); Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore (2012); Lumenvisum, JCCAC, Hong Kong (2012); Photoquai 2011, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris; Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta (2011); Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung (2011); 2nd Luang Prabang International Image Biennial (2010); Jakarta International Photo Summit, National Gallery of Indonesia (2010); Antara Photojournalism Gallery, Jakarta (2010); Yangon Photo Festival (2009); National Institute of Fine Arts, Vientiane (2009); Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, Phnom Penh (2009); National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2008); Month of Photography, Galeri CCCL Surabaya (2008); Ballina Arts Centre, Ireland (2007); Chobi Mela III, Drik Gallery, Dhaka (2004).

JESSICA LIM  Singapore

Curator, editor and workshop coordinator

Presentation topic : Role of festivals, workshops and self-education in today’s fast-paced photography world and the importance of community-building.


Since 2010, Jessica Lim has worked with the annual Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops, the longest-running international photography event in Southeast Asia, and is currently the workshop coordinator of its tuition-free professional workshops. From a background as a print and photo journalist, she transitioned to serving as a photo and news editor in Drik Photo Agency, where she advocated for equal opportunities for photographers in the majority world. In 2016, she launched the Full Frontal Gallery in Siem Reap, a space dedicated to contemporary photography from Asian talents.


More later..


Founder director of Mt.Rokko International Photo Festival and RAIEC



Founder director of Mt.Rokko International Photo Festival since 2013, and RAIEC.  He is an avid photo-collector and also operates a contemporary photo gallery Tanto Tempo and a photobook publishing project based in Kobe, Japan.

Takeki will present “Japanese Photography in its Culture; Voices and Solutions” and present the findings of a recent survey undertaken in Japan on photography.  The presentation will contain brief “summary of history” and “circumstances”, “questions and voices”, and  “plan for solutions”.