New uses of photography




Paul Choo, a well known photographer/designer/blogger, was among the many hundreds of visitors to KLPac Open day on the 27 January and he walked round to the photography exhibition In the Face of Disability by Victor Chin.

What was written on his face as he gazed at the photos, which he had seen before displayed at Kimi Gallery, were many questions about photographers and their artworks. Pual perhaps may be thinking that this collection of images go beyond the normal range of pictures taken by today’s photographers that he had seen.

To him Victor’s portraits of the disabled group is making him rethink the uses of photography and how photographers may need to find new stories to tell or find new angles to present an old story – to show what is commonly hidden or over looked.

Hopefully, some of the visitors who came to this visual event may have seen an aspect of beauty in the human condition which they thought there was none.

Victor Chin’s exhibition In the Face of Disability is now extended to the 29 Febuary 2008 at KLPac by popular demand.




In the Face of Disability was first shown on 14 November 2007 (for one day only) during the Open Heart and Mind Day at the DiGi Headquarters Shah Alam, Selangor. Chee Keong and his mother were among some of the visitors to the display. Chee Keong commented that the photographs of the paralympic athletes on show is encouraging, both for him and to many other disabled people in the community.

Chee Keong wished he could do a bit of sport for exercise to keep physically fit but in his condition it is not so easy, but he is encouraged. He is the web master behind MIND a website for the disabled community in Malaysia. Thought pretty independent on his own his mother and family members help him out in many ways.

DiGi is one of the few multi-national telecommunication companies with a social responsibility program employing wheelchair persons in their more then a 3000 workforce. This is a positive sign for many wheelers to get decent employment in an international working environment in Malaysia or elsewhere.

Victor Chin’s collection of photographs is currently on show at KLPac till 27 Jan. Come meet Victor Chin on 27 Jan at KLpac Open Day when he will be giving a gallery walk through of his exhibition.

Up Lifting

Brendon and his elder brother Jordan at exhibition and having tea

In the Face of Disability
was an up lifting photo exhibition for Jordan and Brendon and they were happy to have gone to see the collection. That experience had stimulated them to seeing the disabled people they come across with new understanding – with care and empathy.

This was the second time Victor Chin showed his photographs at Kimi Gallery Café, in Tamam Tun Dr Ismail. It was displayed there from 17 November to 31 December 2007. Victor’s first collection of photos of the disabled was shown here in 2005. The two occasions were hosted by Kimi Gallery Café and supported by Applied Imaging.

Great care has gone into the planning and execution of these images. Pictorial composition and appropriate lighting help to evoke the drama and atmosphere of each captured moment. The black-and-white digital techniques of dodging and burning are later employed to filter out any distracting background/peripheral elements so that the portraits are allowed to ‘speak’ for themselves.

Victor’s exhibition was reported by the local newspaper, to read the write up, click  The Star.