showcase magazine Jun 2012singapore issue 348
Welcome to the debut edition of Showcase Singapore, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the city-state's visual media industry, with more information available in our dedicated Photo and Film directories.
In this Showcase we present the leading companies and top professionals currently working in Singapore: Alexander Manton Photography, Invy Ng, Kenneth Choo Photography, Red Cactus, Redorfe, Sebastian Siah, Shirley Zhong, Shooting Gallery Asia, Simon Taplin, Thomas Mangieri, Timon Wehrli, Yee Chang Kang and Yiren Lam.
Our cover image was shot by G. T. Gan for Harper's Bazaar Singapore.
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Shooting Gallery Asia Singapore photo agents
Established in 1987 as a commercial photography studio, Shooting Gallery Asia is now a group of 13 companies and three representative offices across eight countries. As well as being recognised in the advertising industry worldwide for its high standard of professionalism in delivering quality work, the company's firm beliefs in its strong integrity policies, credibility and reliability offers clients security and excellent production values.
Since its foundation, Shooting Gallery Asia has won practically every major local and international advertising award, including a Gold Lion at Cannes, D&AD pencils, MediaCorp's Viewer's Choice, The Singapore Creative Circle Awards (CCA), a Gold AOTY in 2009 and another Gold and Local Hero Award at the recent AOTY 2012.
Red Cactus Singapore photo agents
Red Cactus Productions has offices in both Singapore and Hong Kong, representing a broad range of photographers with over a decade of production experience on projects worldwide.
Red Cactus offers a complete range of production service tailored to clients' needs, from budgeting and locations to crews, props, logistic, and more.
Keep up to date with the company's latest news by liking the Facebook page.
Redorfe Singapore photo agents
Established in 2004 by Serene Chiu, Redorfe aims to streamline the full print and motion production process. With a network of twelve photographers, the business has gained traction across the entire APAC market, with an envious agency call sheet.
Clients include Leo Burnett, BBH, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy, TBWA, BBDO, LOWE and LIoydNorthover for award-winning work for the likes of Coca-Cola China, OPPO China, Olay, CLEAR, Singtel, Guinness, Nokia, Motorola, Martell, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines, HTC, AXE, Lux, Levi's, and a host of others.
Redorfe's competitive approach to budgeting, coupled with its breadth and quality of talent across a number of product categories, allows for optimum efficiency when tackling any brief.
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Invy Ng Singapore advertising photographers
Invy Ng graduated from RMIT with various distinctions and accolades in gold- and silver-smithing. Actively participating in fine arts exhibitions in Australia and Singapore, his work has drawn praise for its critical and forward-thinking representation. Refusing to rest on his laurels, Invy yearned to seek a more expansive dimension of creative art.
Invy's inherent sense of beauty and exceptionally keen eye for detail has drawn him to photography for its inexhaustible visual expression. With a background in fine arts, he creates a unique style in his body of work. He engages and provokes audiences with his work, bringing them to realise the subtle surrealism in his pictures. Meticulous and demanding in his quest for perfection, Invy challenges the visual boundaries, aided by a strong grasp of digital imaging.
Since joining Shooting Gallery Asia in 2008, Invy has exploited his potential to clinch two prestigious awards: 'Professional Photographer of the Year' in the Singapore Advertising Hall of Fame Awards 2009, and one of the select '200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide 2010/2011' accolades in Lürzer's Archive Magazine.
Sebastian Siah Singapore advertising photographers
An accomplished photographer with a wonderful joie-de-vivre and a cheerful mien, Sebastian Siah's "anything is possible" attitude sets him apart from the 'bread and butter' exponents.
After graduating with a diploma in Graphic Design and Photography from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, he hooked up with The Shooting Gallery in 1996. It is there that his natural talent and potential was nurtured with guidance from founder, Sebastian Tan.
His passionate approach towards projects, on jobs for both television and print campaigns, quickly earned him a reputation for delivering quality work. Today, Siah (as he is known in the industry) not only is the proud owner of an impressive portfolio but also multiple awards that include D&AD, Cannes Lion, One Show, New York Fest, Ads of the World, and Luerzer's Archive '200 Best Photographers Worldwide'.
Shirley Zhong Singapore beauty photographers
"Artistic yet fashionable, with a dark alternative touch" best describes Shirley Zhong's style of photography. She specialises in fashion and beauty editorials and is passionate about creating stories through her images.
Shirley has contributed to magazines, designer lookbooks, portfolios of professional models, make-up artists and wardrobe stylists, as well as artiste albums.
She is currently a partner in local production house, Theia Pixelworx LLP.
Simon Taplin Singapore advertising photographers
Simon Taplin has been photographing professionally for the past 18 years.
“I have always been motivated by the present and capturing it meaningfully," he says. "As a creative, I see myself in a constant process of exploration. Photography is my choice of medium, experimenting with both new and old technologies has created some of my most appreciated work, and sometimes as the result of happy accident!”
Simon has always been non-conformist with the style and concept of the work he produces, whether it be underwater or from the air (as in his latest creation, an ongoing project of abstract aerial imagery after gaining his pilot’s license in 2008), or more recently videography.
Over recent years, Simon has worked for numerous international agencies and clients including JWT, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, BBDO and Corbis. His client list includes Unilever, P&G, Nokia, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, MasterCard, Heineken, and his industry awards include D&AD, The One Show and Communication Arts. He has also been published in Archive and PDN.
Over the past decade, Simon has divided much of his time between Asia and Europe, Singapore being an ideal steppingstone to create in both markets. Shooting internationally keeps Simon’s concepts and style fresh, as well as in-tune visually with today's global living.
Thomas Mangieri Singapore beauty photographers
Ronald Wohlman, Worldwide Executive Creative Director, Lowe + Partners said this about Thomas and his work:
"I've worked with Thomas once and I would do it again and again. He's amazing with talent, with clients and his team. He knows how to get the best out of everyone. He's a genuine, caring, passionate guy who is flexible, collaborative and very hard working. He's also such a likeable guy. Most importantly he delivers. His work is beautiful. He was obviously born to be a photographer and I'm really lucky to have had a chance to work with him."
Thomas is represented by Red Cactus.
timon wehrli Singapore fashion photographers
Timon Wehrli, originally from the UK, began his photography career in Los Angeles in 1988, after graduating from London's prestigious Royal College of Art and Design.
In 1993, Timon's extensive travels brought him to Hong Kong where he began working as a reportage photographer. As Timon's reputation and repertoire grew, he set-up Red Dog Studio in 1995 where his work quickly matured, developed and evolved to include high profile advertising, celebrity, fashion, food and interiors.
Over a decade later, Red Dog Studio is one of the leading and most sought after creative studios in Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific Region.
Timon is represented by Red Cactus.
Kenneth Choo photography Singapore advertising photographers
Kenneth Choo provides high-end fashion and commercial photography for advertising, fashion and editorial clients.
Photographing for the past eight years, he has developed a keen eye for detail and beauty in the subjects he photographs. His technical training combined with an artistic eye can be seen in the photographic quality and digital post production that he often does himself.
Kenneth enjoys working with people and is happiest producing powerful, beautiful images that fascinate and inspire.
Kenneth is based in Singapore and is available for assignments.
Alexander Manton Photography Singapore advertising photographers
Having shot across Asia for clients from all over the world for the past 20 years, Alexander Manton understands the needs of both Western and Asian clients. He is an American photographer and currently commutes between India, China and Singapore.
He specialises in corporate annual reports, travel, lifestyle, and hotel/resort photography. Over the past year, he has added film and video to the mix, allowing him to create a unified body of work for his clients incorporating both still and motion images.
Clients include AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, Citibank, Andersen Consulting, General Motors, Bechtel, Boeing, United Technologies, American Standard, Baxter Healthcare, Nortel, Owens-Corning, Westin Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Monsanto, Allergan, Agilent, Goodyear, Unilever, Inchcape, Time, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, and many others worldwide.
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Yee Chang Kang Singapore commercials / advertising directors
Yee Chang Kang is a film director with Shooting Gallery Asia (Singapore). He has completed numerous TVCs for companies such as M1 (Singapore) and Mobifone (Vietnam), Media Development Authority, Tiger Beer, KFC, Discovery, Disney and AXN Channels. The Mumbai India! TVC that he directed for M1 won 'Best Local TVC' (Gold) for Viewer's Choice 2008, while his TVC for SUTD (Singapore University of Technology and Design) won 'Best Viral' and 'Best Integrated' at Marketing Magazine's 'Agency Of The Year' awards 2012.
Yee is also honoured to have received the 'Best Young Director' award at the Phoenix Awards (2008), the competition honouring top work produced in Asia for film, video and digital media.
Film-making is Yee's biggest passion. Two of his short films, Good Time (2004) and Dai Bao (2005), were finalists at the Singapore International Film Festival in their respective years. So far, his quirky films have travelled to several festivals in Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia. With Peter Ho (2006), he completed his "Loners' Trilogy" and is now working towards his first feature film.
Yiren Lam Singapore commercials / advertising directors
A graduate from the Vancouver Film School, Yiren Lam got his first taste of the industry as a humble production assistant with a leading production house in Kuala Lumpur. A challenging stint as a First AC within the ranks of Shooting Gallery's camera crew developed his mettle. Needless to say, close proximity to the many DoP’s and Directors that he has worked with helped shape the unique vision that he now shares.
Blessed with strong support, he exudes an understated flair for creativity and a passion that shows in the projects he has helmed thus far as a director. Yiren brings with him a unique vision that is quick to adapt to different challenges, a silent confidence and an unyielding thirst for the new and unexpected.
Yiren has worked on a countless number of commercials for both local and international markets. Despite the years of working in the industry, he is always hungry to raise the level of artistry in his work.