See Gorgeous Photographs of Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel at this Singapore Exhibition

Famous American celebrity photographer Mark Shaw will be holding a first time exhibition in Singapore featuring iconic photographs of Audrey Hepburn, Mademoiselle Chanel and Pablo Picasso. The exhibition will be held at Leica Galerie Singapore, which will showcase 20 of his most famed prints, all captured using a Leica M2.

The exhibition takes place from January 15 - February 29 at Leica Galerie Singapore, #01-18 Raffles Hotel Arcade. Admission is free.

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AFTERGLOBE calling for writers and artists

AFTERGLOBE is a Singapore-based independent art and literary travel magazine, self-published once a year. Their Issue 3 is calling for submission now and the theme is Adventure.

Extract from their website:

We all have the stories we ache to tell - our ears perk up during conversations about travel, listening for the name of that place. These places we speak of with a mix of excitement and longing, knowing that the opportunity will never present itself again. Ouryou-should-have-been-theres. Our I-don’t-know-how-we-survived-thats. Fought a shark? Navigated a warzone? Hitchhiked across continents? These are places we describe in clichés because nothing else quite works; places we loved for the experiences we had.

And then there’s the less literal kind of adventure; these aren’t quite as adrenaline-inducing, but involve risks of another kind. Took a year off to explore painting, said ‘yes’ to that plate of unidentifiable substance? You find yourself in places least expected, in the most astonishing situations, with the most random people.

What’s your story? Tell us in any printable format.

Do read about the submission guideline here

“When Marnie Was There”: the last Studio Ghibli’s movie?

If u never heard of Studio Ghibli, it is the legendary Japanese animation studio that produced Laputa: Castle in the SkySpirited Away and Totoro(just to name a few). It is well-known how Ghibli and it co-founder and master story-teller Hayao Miyazaki manage to create so many outstanding film that make u want to cry and smile at the same time. I really like the music from his film too, especially Laputa : Le Chateau Dans Le Ciel from Castle in the Sky and Always with you from Spirited Away. Both by Joe Hisaishi. Unfortunately, ever since Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement in August 2014, the studio had been quiet since then and rumour of a last Studio Ghibli feature film had been around for a long time and here came “When Marnie Was There“.  If “When Marnie Was There” is their last movie, the reason is enough for me to purchase a ticket in the cinema.

Sebastiao Salgado: "I have travelled to the dawn of time."

After reading Sebastiao Salgado’s latest book “From my Land to the Planet“, I guess i have to catch this one “The Salt of the Earth“, directed by his son Juliano and German director Wim Wenders. Sebastião Salgado has created some of the twentieth century’s most iconic photography. From war zones to famine, genocide to exodus, Salgado has documented many of the world’s major events of the last 40 years in crisp black-and-white pictures. He’s also won countless prizes, including being named last week as a Master of Photography at Photo London 2015. I will highly recommend to any photographers out there to read his book as u will find a lot of inspiration and comfort in one of the greatest social documentary photographer and photojournalist in our time.

Extract from the book(Looking death in the face):

I have always tried to show people in all their dignity. In the majority of cases, they are the victims of cruelty, of events. They are photographed at a time in which they have lost their homes, seen their loved ones murdered, sometimes even their own children. For the most part, they are innocent people who do not deserve the misfortunes that have struck them. I took these photos because I thought that everyone needed to know. That is my opinion, but I don’t force anyone to look at them. I am not here to lecture or to set my conscience at rest by arousing feelings of compassion. I took these images because I had a moral, ethical obligation to do so. In such moments of suffering, you may ask, what are morals, what are ethics? It is when I am faced with someone who is dying and I have to decide whether or not to release the shutter of my camera.

《看见》— 柴静

《看见》是知名记者和主持人柴静讲述央视十年历程的自传性作品,既是柴静个人的成长告白书,某种程度上亦可视作中国社会十年变迁的备忘录。十年前她被选择成为国家电视台新闻主播,却因毫无经验而遭遇挫败,非典时期成为现场记者后,现实生活犬牙交错的切肤之感,让她一点一滴脱离外在与自我的束缚,对生活与人性有了更为宽广与深厚的理解。十年之间,非典、汶川地震、两会报道、北京奥运……在每个重大事件现场,几乎都能发现柴静的身影,而如华南虎照、征地等刚性的调查报道她也多有制作。在书中,她记录下淹没在宏大叙事中的动人细节,为时代留下私人的注脚。一如既往,柴静看见并记录下新闻中给她留下强烈生命印象的个人,每个人都深嵌在世界之中,没有人可以只是一个旁观者,他人经受的,我必经受。书中记录下的人与事,是他们的生活,也是你和我的生活。

《看见》中,我没有刻意选择标志性事件,也没有描绘历史的雄心,在大量的新闻报道里,我只选择了留给我强烈生命印象的人,因为工作原因,我恰好与这些人相遇。他们是流淌的,从我心腹深处的石坝上漫溢出来,坚硬的成见和模式被一遍遍冲刷,摇摇欲坠,土崩瓦解。这种摇晃是危险的,但思想的本质就是不安。
我试着尽可能诚实地写下这不断犯错、不断推翻、不断疑问、不断重建的事实和因果,一个国家由人构成,一个人也由无数他人构成,你想如何报道一个国家,就要如何报道自已。——柴静

是对峙,不是对抗。。。
張洁总担心善良的人做不了刚性调查,但身边这些人让我觉得,其实只有善良的人才能刚性。善良的人做”对抗性”采访,不会跃跃欲试地好斗,但当他决定看护真相的时候,是绝不撤步的对峙。


山西,山西。。。
我出生在一九七六年的山西。山西姑娘没见过小溪青山之类,基本上处处灰头土脸,旦凡有一点诗意,全从天上来。


真实自有万钧之力。。。
二零零八年五月,北川杨柳坪村。我们送文超的牛奶,他倒在矿泉水盖里,用手指着畏这只小描。它细得连路都很难走,村里的人都说它活不了,孩子说他也这么想, 但他想养活它,”它也是一条命啊”。


沉默在尖叫。。。
我听着这句话,一下子理解了”抛弃”这个词。
我不知道自己还能做什么,我只是一个记者,采访结束就要离开。
那个父母双亡的十岁孩子,最后一次偷窃,他分了一千多块,回来都给了小时候养过他的老人。采访完我们留了些钱给村里人照顾他,走了几步,我回身把这孩子叫到们后,给了他一百块钱。 “你知道阿姨为什么给你钱?” 我轻声问。”
“知道。” 他底着头,”因为我可怜。”
“不是,这是你劳动所得,你今天帮我们拿了很多带子,很幸苦。所以这是你自己赚的。我要谢谢你。


不要问我为何如此眷恋。。。
理解的基础是感受。人能感受别人的时候,心就变软了,软不是脆弱,是韧性。