A fortnightly lecture series on modern and postmodernism photography.
The first lecture commences with a brief account on the rising popularity of photography in the early 20th century, elaborating upon the efforts of commercial organisations that resulted an increase of accessibility and further contribution to the advancement of photographic technologies, particularly that of chromatic systems. The second lecture focuses on photography in late Modernism; it considers the development of the medium’s theoretical understanding by investigating the intrinsic properties of photography through a philosophical framework, thus apprehending its relationship with space, time, objectivity, subjectivity, thenceforth pondering upon the perceived value of truth within photographic imageries. The third lecture emphasises upon the photographic medium within Postmodernism. Including examples of how such technological advancement attributed to the observable rise of imageries, specifically within the sectors of journalism, editorial, advertising, and other commercial platforms of photography, which in turn cultivate judgements of taste in societies, hence creating new communications, educations, thoughts and desires of the populace. The fourth and last lecture focuses on the wider cultural and social effects of photography in the 21st century.
Sebastian Tay is a lecturer of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Graduated with MRes in Creative Practices and a BA (Hons) Fine Art (Photography) at Glasgow School of Art, Tay has participated in various exhibitions in several countries, including the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, and China. Some of his recent exhibitions include ‘Something Above; Somewhere Beyond’, ‘NIDA International Photography Symposium 2018’, ‘(INTER)TWINE’, the ‘Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2017’, the ‘Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries 16’. His postgraduate research focused on East and West philosophical concepts.