“Glympses of  OMAN”: A Solo Photo Exhibition by Arthur Teng - Nikon Centre Kuala Lumpur (1 NOV- 31 DEC 2014)

Date Published: 10/29/2014
Category: Past Photo Exhibition

Date of exhibtion: 1 November - 31 December 2014
Opening Hours: Daily (10am – 10pm)
Venue: Nikon Photo Gallery
Nikon Centre Kuala Lumpur, Level 1, East Wing
Berjaya Times Square, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

Glympses of OMAN

A solo photo exhibition by Arthur Teng

As a frequent traveller, photographer Arthur Teng had never dreamed of visiting any middle east country. However, an invitation to visit Oman in March this year was a rare chance he did not want to miss.

Arthur was amongst 14 international photographers invited to participate in a photography tour & exhibition namely “Oman in Focus” from 28 March - 8 April 2014. The event was organised by Infocus Studio headed by Miss Maisa Al Hooti.

Each day, the photographers were split into 2-3 person per team to shoot in different places in 4-wheel-drive vehicles and at the end of the day, all assembled at a designated place.

Arthur found the weather in Oman very hot especially at the desert. The heat at the desert was unbearable so much so that he drank 4 bottles of mineral waters in 20 minutes and walked like a water barrel. The desert was cooler at night but the wind was strong. Oman’s dry climate has changed the landscape into bare and rocky. But Arthur found the textured landscape of the mountains refreshing to photograph.

The most challenging part of the entire photography tour was the difficulty to photograph Omani women. Most women denied to be photographed. Even his 80-400mm lens was of no help as the size of the lens gained too much attention for the locals.

Old forts is a common sight in Oman. But sadly, some beautiful old mud-brick dwellings in the country were deserted and damaged. Fortunately, a section of the old city in Al Hamra was well preserved like a living museum.

A week’s shoot ended with all photographers returned to Muscat, the capital of Oman. Each photographer submitted three pictures for the photo exhibition held at the Grand Opera House in Muscat. Arthur was happy to meet the then Malaysian Ambassador to Oman at the official opening of the exhibition.


Sunrise over Wahiba Sands, Oman Speeding horses. Bait Al Safah. Oman
Market scene, Oman Boy & puppy. Musannah, Oman



Terengganu born Arthur Teng is self taught in photography which he began it seriously in 1981. He travels frequently in Malaysia and abroad in search of his photographic images.  Arthur has won a number of photography awards locally and abroad, and had represented Malaysia in two international photography competitions in Thailand and Hong Kong. He published a coffeetable book “Rustic Malaysia-A pictorial journey” in 1994. 

His prime achievements to date:

1987-89 He was elected the first President of Photograpghic Society of Petaling Jaya (PSPJ)

1987 He represented Malaysia at “Visit Thailand Year International Photo Contest” in Bangkok.

1988-90 He was appointed Nikonʼs Honourary Official Photographer in Malaysia

1990 He represented Malaysia at “Image Hong Kong Grand Finals” International Photo Contest in Hong Kong

1992 He contributed for a photo book Eyes.

1994 He published Rustic Malaysia - a pictorial journey.

1995 He was amongst 35 international photographer contributed towards a coffeetable book The Philippines-A journey through the archipelago.

1999 He contributed towards Petronasʼ 2000 corporate calendar

2001 He contributed towards Concorde Hotel Shah Alamʼs 2002 corporate calendar

2003 He was the main photographer for “Bridges of Putrajaya” coffeetable book

2013 He was a speaker at Photo Summit Asia 2013 in Cebu, Philippines.

2014 He was one of the 15 international photographers invited to participate in “Oman in Focus - photography tour & exhibitionʼ in Muscat, Oman.

2015 He will be a speaker at Photo World Asia 2015, January 29 to February 3, 2015 to be held in Manila, Philippines.

Arthurʼs images are frequently used by advertising agencies and they have appeared in travel magazines and coffeetable books such as Going Places; Action Asia; Wild Places and National Parks of Malaysia; Visitorsʼ Guide to Taman Negara; Exciting Malaysia; The Philippines - a journey through the archipelago; Malaysia: Portrait of A Nation; Eyes, Bridges of Putrajaya and APAʼs Insight Guide book series on Malaysia; Singapore,
Indonesia, Philippines and Kuala Lumpur. He has held 11 solo photography exhibitions (including one in Hersegade, Denmark and Jakarta, Indonesia respectively) and has participated in more than 24 group exhibitions.

WEBSITE: www.arthurteng.com