Date Published: 2/25/2016
Category: Nikon Special Interest Group (SIG) Workshops

The Tutors

Vignes Balasingam
is a photographer and curator based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is the director of the OBSCURA Festival of Photography and the Monsoon Artist In-Residence programme. Vignes produced and co-edited Ian Teh’s third monograph, Confluence. He was jury for the POPCAP Prize for African Contemporary Photography 2015 and curated the Travel Photographer Asia 2015 exhibition at MAP KL, Kuala Lumpur. He works with local artists and curated PERSON(A), a contemporary photography exhibition featuring 20 Malaysian artists in 2015. Vignes has been invited to speak at Yale-NUS in Singapore (2015), Stories From The Land, a lecture at the Nikon Centre in Kuala Lumpur (2015) and at Universiti Putra Malaysia (2015). In 2016, Vignes sits in as jury for the KL Photo Awards, POPCAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography 2016 and Travel Photographer Asia 2016. He is also a guest curator at the Chennai Photo Biennale 2016. | @obscurafestival | @vigatarian

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 and has been nominated twice for the Prix Pictet. His works were exhibited in Noorderlicht Photo Festival 2015, Groningen, The Netherland; 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 Photography Awards 2013 and 2010/2011 Annual Nikon Photo Awards, Malaysia.