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Therapeutic Photography: Self-expression Through Images with Benjamin Tan


11 July—11 August 2024
(7x Sessions)

Workshop Timing

Wednesdays: 7.30pm—9.30pm
Sundays: 2pm—5pm


Various (42 Waterloo Street & SAMH Creative Hub)

Workshop Price


Concession (Students, NSFs, Persons with Disability, SEPs, Unemployed Persons):


Self-Expression Through Images is a seven-week therapeutic photography workshop designed to use photography as a medium to explore the self and the environment, serving as a tool to enhance self-resilience, efficacy, and esteem. Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in a series of guided activities and discussions that combines therapeutic practices with the creative process of photography. Embark on a journey of creativity and introspection, supported by facilitators and fellow participants! 

This workshop is organised by Visuals & Stories (Benjamin Tan)co-designed by Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH), and held in collaboration with DECK. This edition is the first of four workshops we plan to conduct, culminating in an exhibition tentatively scheduled for 2025, featuring all the participants’ works.

This programme is made possible in part through the support of Hong Leong Foundation Singapore and Lee Foundation.

About the Instructor

As an advocate for social justice, Benjamin Tan started out his career in the social services sector in Singapore. The desire to help those in need and make a meaningful impact on their lives has been a driving force for him. At the same time, his journey in photography has provided him with a tool to capture and communicate stories to different social groups. Having being trained as a social worker, Benjamin uses his skills and knowledge of both disciplines to make a positive impact on the world. He believes that social work and photography are complementary fields, and continues to explore the intersection between these two areas in his current work.


  • Participants should be between 18—35 years old.
  • No prior experience in Photography or Visual Arts needed!
  • DSLR cameras will be provided on a complimentary basis for use during the workshop session.

Workshop Schedule and Outline

There will be a total of 7x sessions, and the duration will range from 2–3 hours each. 

7 July (Sun), 2pm-5pm
Introduction to Workshop & Photography
10 July (Wed), 7.30pm-9.30pm:
Photography Techniques & Reading Images
14 July (Sun), 2pm-5pm:
Introduction to Therapeutic Photography
17 July (Wed), 7.30pm-9.30pm: 
Exploration of Self Through Others
24 Jul (Wed), 7.30pm-9.30pm:
Exploration of our Environment
28 Jul (Sun), 2pm-5pm:
Photovoice #1
11 Aug (Sun), 2pm-5pm:
Photovoice #2


Various Locations
Rehearsal Studio, 42 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187951
SAMH Creative Hub, 1 Maude Road, Level 3, Singapore 200001

Participants will be informed via email on the exact locations for each session. 

Workshop Advisory

  • There will be a minimum of 8 pax to start the workshop and the maximum class size is 15 pax.
  • DSLR cameras will be provided on a complimentary basis for usage during workshop hours only. We highly recommend that participants provide their own SD cards as there will be limited amount of SD cards for communal usage.
  • Please do kindly note that photos and video recordings of this workshop may be taken and you may be captured within the said photos and video footages. Any photos and/or media footages captured before/during/after the time of this programme may be used by DECK Photography Art Centre Limited for the purposes of publicity and marketing. Please do reach out to the team at education@deck.sg if would prefer not to be photographed instead.
  • For detailed FAQs, please visit: deck.sg/faq-tp-workshop/ 

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If you have already registered for our workshops and are unable to attend it, our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • 30 days or more before the start date: Full Refund minus 30% administrative charge on full ticket value
  • 14 days before the start date: 50% Refund on full ticket value
  • 7 days before the start date: No Refund
  • If the minimum capacity for the workshop (8 pax) is not met one week out, we may postpone the workshop and you will be offered a full refund and be informed alternative arrangements.
  • In the event of the cancellation of the workshop, ticket holders will be informed of the refund procedures and alternative arrangements.
  • For the full cancellation policy, please head to deck.sg/workshop-cancellation-policy/


Fringe Access is an outreach initiative by DECK aimed at providing accessible arts programming for people from all walks of life, fostering meaningful connections with the world around them. Since the organisation’s establishment in 2008, DECK has positively impacted nearly 300,000 lives through its photography arts programming, creating avenues for artists and the public to engage in meaningful exchange through public arts presentations and enrichment workshops.