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Corporate Photography Workshop

Most of the Corporate Photography Workshops and Team Building Courses we organized were asked to hold at various locations such as offices and hotels, but the best location is no doubt at SOP studio where everything is designed for a single purpose, to achieve the best comfort and learning experience.

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This week we had a rare occasion of holding a Corporate Workshop at SOP. We had our pleasure to host our client from Housing Board development(HDB) for a 1-Day Camera Craft and Composition Photography Workshop. In the eight hours workshop everyone had lots of fun learning and fulfilling their goal, but they also fully filled their stomach with delicious and healthy food during tea breaks, thanks to our official partner Singapore Finger Food.

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Our location is very centralized and minutes to MRT station which makes it very easy for anyone to come for the workshop, and it’s also surrounded with many restaurants which is extremely convenient for everyone at lunch break too.


Honorable Mention

Alan Lim, photographer mentor of School of Photography Singapore received the Honorable Mention from Monochrome Photography Awards 2015 for his work on Tell-tale Lines.

“The pioneers of Singapore whose perseverance and resilient have inspired me to become who I’m today.”

A personal project created in late 2015, Tell-tale Lines is a tribute to the untold hard work, from stay-home mothers to nurses, from cleaners  to clerks, and especially the pioneers of Singapore whose perseverance and resilient have inspired Alan to become who he is today.

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Since the exhibition was first launched at The Substation on 16th March and ended on 28th March 2016, it has since caught the attention of German Centre and the 2nd run of the exhibition will be putting up again this month.

Date: 26th May till late July 2016
Venue: German Centre, 25 International Business Park, 3rd Floor, Singapore 60991


The Roving Exhibition of Design District Singapore

The street photography exhibition of Design District Singapore by photographer mentor Alan Lim has been roving since November 2015. Started at the Red Dot Traffic Building when it first launched, then showcased at Singaplural 2016, then hosted by Chinatown to showcased at Pagoda Street, now it hosted by URA at Singapore City Gallery(next to Maxwell Food Center), 45 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069118.

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The exhibition will be on from now till 29th May 2016. For enquiries regarding the exhibition, please contact



Singapore Street Photography Exhibition in Chinatown

After it’s first launch in Red Dot Design Museum in September 2015, the exhibition Design District Singapore- Street Photography by Alan Lim has since showcased in Singaplura 2016 in March, and now it has toured to Chinatown in Pagoda Street(near South Bridge Road). The 30 photos which are mounted on free standing light-boxes are best view in the evening when they light up the street.

The exhibition is currently on till 29th April. It opens daily and closes at 9pm.



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When photographer Alan Lim was growing up in the 1970s and 80s, one scene entrenched itself firmly in his mind – that of people working hard. Whether it was workers laboriously grinding out tofu with a traditional stone wheel at his grandparent’s shophouse in Waterloo Street, or his father starting his day at 1am lifting and butchering meat in a Toa Payoh wet market, the ordinary person in post-independence Singapore was always hard at work.

This tireless ethic formed the backbone of Singapore’s miraculous ascent to affluence today. While the contributions of politicians and business leaders are well-documented and celebrated, success would not have been possible if not for the legions of everyman workers who toiled behind the scenes. Their stories were never recorded on paper. The only tell-tale signs now are etched on their weathered faces and hands.

“Tell-tale Lines” is a series of black-and-white photos that shines light on the wrinkled faces and hands of Singapore’s pioneers. The style is stark, personal, honest – allowing the subjects to tell their stories in the simplest of ways.

“Tell-tale Lines” is organized by School of Photography Singapore and Eleven Photography.

Showcase at Visual Asia Expo 2015

Visual Asia Expo 2015 was a very exciting event in Singapore, lots of interesting exhibitors showcasing their products and services, such as the latest 3D printers, photographic lightings, boring printings and so on. Beside those, School of Photography Singapore was honored to be invited to showcase the quality of both our instructor and students’ work. The work was carefully chosen and we decided to pick photography which were shot on location, in both control(conceptual portrait) and non-control(street photography) genres. 15 images from photographer mentor, Alan Lim and SOP alumni, Agnieszka Ragazzini were chosen to represent SOP so that the visitors could associate best.

On the first day of the opening, Alan also gave a talk on the topic of Effective Composition With Any Camera. This topic was chosen by him because he felt a lot of us fell in the trap that an expensive high megapixle and state-of-the-art digital camera loaded with all sort of features will make us take better picture, but of cause, it does not. So in his talk he addressed the some of the problems and gave invaluable tips on what professional photographers do before they press the shutter button. The talk was well received and it helped those who were wanted to learn to take better pictures, and those who had never attended any photography courses before but yet wish to improve in their photography skills.

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A new Design District Mobile App was recently created by the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore. This self-guided walking trail features design hotels, independent shops, neighbourhood cafes and galleries that are within 3km of the museum in Maxwell Road. For instance, you can sip a cuppa at My Awesome Cafe in Telok Ayer Street – its facade is covered in Chinese characters – or browse vinyls at Curated Records in Tiong Bahru Road.

The museum also worked with Singapore award-winning photographer Alan Lim to publish a Design District Photo Book. The street photography book has 70 pictures shot around the Design District. A selection of pictures from the book will be exhibited on lightboxes along the facade of the Red Dot Traffic Building, where the museum is housed, from 7th to 20th Nov.

The Design District App is free for download on the App Store and Google Play. Go to for details

Co-op Hotshots 2015 Photography Competition

As the Official Partner of Co-op Hotshots Photography Competition organised by Singapore National Co-operative Federation, School of Photography Singapore wants you to let your talents shine and showcase your photography skill, because you might be the one to  walk away with over $5,000 with of prizes!

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Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

As a People and Portrait Photographer for almost 20 years I have photographed many people from all walks of life. And during my 12 years career as a staff photographer in The Straits Times, I was lucky enough to have photographed some of the world most iconic figures, such as leaders like Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush, Lee Hsien Loong and many more.

But above all, there was one who I felt extremely privileged to have photographed, not once but numerous occasions. He was the founding father of the modern Singapore, the visionary who was responsible to turn the once a swampy island into today world class city-state, with precious decision. He was no other than the man himself, Lee Kuan Yew, the extraordinary.

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Photography Lesson In The Gallery

Another photography sharing session at the exhibition. A different classroom setting for SOP today, Alan Lim held a session for a group of SOP Alumni at the ION Art gallery where currently over 100 prints from 13 international photographers including himself showcasing in this exhibition titled, ‘Myanmar’s Dreams‘.

Digital photographic and internet have made easy access to photography, we are so used to seeing them online these days that seeing a real photography print is simply a pure treat. These photos will not do justice to the beautiful Myanmar if they are only to be seen on your computer screen, if you still haven’t seen them in person, please come tomorrow(6th Feb), it’s the last day.