We’re always about supporting local talent, and our photographers have impressed us so much that they’re nearly always on the cover. Here, we feature 10 of the best local photographers to follow on social media. Although you may have seen their work on websites and exhibitions, their Instagram accounts reveal that they can find magic in the mundane. Have a look:
1. Aik Beng Chia
Known for photographing a Teochew opera troupe in both costume in everyday clothes, Aik Beng Chia excels at black and white street photography. Many of his images are incredibly evocative and atmospheric
Known only as Asyraf on Instgram, you should check him out for those totally cool, long exposure shots of the city and its lights.
3. Leslie Heng
Similar to Darren Soh, Heng captures the cool architecture that can be found in Singapore. You should really follow him if you want to find out cool and unusual Instagram-worthy locations, for sure.
4. Edwin Koo
Edwin Koo’s series, Transit, went viral on social media last year. In it, he takes pictures of people in the MRT trains just as the doors are about to close. You can find lots of images of his travels on Instagram, and some black and white photography of the elections, especially of crowds.
5. Nicky Loh
Nicky Loh’s striking photo series of HDB shopkeepers really resonates, and he’s got a pretty cool Instagram account where he experiments with aerial shots, does some street photography and even architectural ones, too. Oh and there are some intriguing shots of last year’s election rallies.
Local photographer Nguan’s got a good eye for picking out pastel colors in the cityscape and using buildings to frame interesting things that locals are up to. While his shots seem mundane, his work is contemplative and really soothing to the eye.
7. Ore Huiying
Ore Huiying is a documentary photographer, and her next assignment takes her to Punggol, where she’s helping out with a cool project. Sometimes, she even adds a cheeky caption or two in the comments.
8. Darren Soh
We’ve featured Darren Soh on our covers before, and that’s because he always features an interesting perspective on Singapore. There were his surreal landscapes of Singapore’s remote places at night, but he’s honestly known for his architectural photography, where he’s got a good eye for patterns and leading lines.
9. Mindy Tan
We’ve previously featured Mindy Tan’s photographs of the vendors at the Sungei Road market, and she does street photography pretty well. While Aik Beng Chia prefers black and white, Tan is all about color, with a keen eye for people’s expressions.
10. Bryan van der Beek
We’ve featured Bryan van der Beek’s work that shows Singapore transitioning from day to night. If you want to view more of his work, you’ll see lots of street scenes, black and white and carefully crafted compositions on his Instagram feed.
11. Yafiq Yusman
22 year-old architecture major Yafiq Yusman has quite an Instagram following on Explore Singapore, an account dedicated to showcasing the city in a fun and interesting way. His own personal Instagram is also pretty cool and showcases reflective shots of the city and intriguing architectural shots as well.
Did we leave out your favorite? Let us know!