Registration is open now for the next Exposure+6 session starting in mid-September – December 2015

The EXPOSURE+ photo mentoring program is a time-limited program where our mentors will assist and guide photographers in identifying stories, ideas or concepts that can be executed into a photography project, through to editing, sequencing and ultimately, creating a visually flowing and personally satisfying photo project ready for an exhibition or to be printed into a self published photo-book.

This is a 3-month ‘one-to-one’ photography mentoring program based from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but we can also take on ‘distance’ participants by conducting sessions by emails and live Skype/ Hangout chats.

The program aims to assist photographers on –

  • Developing a strong and visually challenging photography project from concept to presentation
  • Identifying and executing a cohesive body of work based on a concept or a story
  • Editing, sequencing and presenting your own images
  • Structuring a portfolio for effective presentation, either in a photo-book, presentation or exhibition.

Mentors for the current session –

Cheryl Hoffmann – freelance travel photographer

Eiffel Chong – contemporary photographer/lecturer

Snow Ng – art consultant / curator

Ashraf Saharudin – photography instructor and editor

Nadirah Zakariya – New York trained photographer, specialising in fashion, music and portraits.

Erna Dyanty – curator, researcher in photography. Currently works at Galeri Petronas.

Steven V-L Lee – freelance photographer (* online interaction only)

This program is open to dedicated novice, serious hobbyists and professional photographers who are seeking to develop their skills in producing personal photography projects, and may benefit from guided mentoring through greater focus in developing concepts and sharing ideas, seeing it to fruition through an exhibition or in a personal photo book. For photographers wanting to improve their ‘story-telling’ abilities and moving forward and away from unguided general photography. EXPOSURE+ started in 2012 in London, and the Photo Mentoring Program was initiated in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.


You will be required to be dedicated and fully resigned to completing this program within the time allocated. The fixed period of three months will enable participants to thoroughly focus their time on the task ahead, with a real-world deadline situation.

When do you meet?

An initial group sharing and introductory session will be arranged at the start of a new session, followed by regular progress group meets roughly once a month. You will be able to contact and meet with your allocated mentor at any suitable time either over coffee chats or telephone or emails.

How do I apply?

Interested photographers will have to send in a brief project proposal with a short statement why you wish to participate in this program by completing the online form below by 10 September, 2015

Registration Form

The projects proposed can be based on documentary or fine art, but may only be general ideas at this stage. Describe briefly your intent on realising this project, i.e. why you think it is a worthwhile project. There will be a limited number of participants due to the personal one-to-one nature of the program.

Photographers will need to have basic photography skills and camera techniques as this is not a technical workshop. Mentors will not specifically teach image editing or other technical photography skills.

Applications will be announced for every new session, and will be on ‘first come’ basis.


For every instalment of EXPOSURE+, we allow our participants the opportunity to present or exhibit their projects. In the past, our participants of +1 and +2 took part at the IPA Singapore Photobook Show, and +3 will be presented their projects at the Photomonth / Kuala Lumpur Photoawards Event at Whitebox Publika in Kuala Lumpur in August 2014. At the end of August, a selected number from our alumni headed to the Portfolio Review sessions at the Mt.Rokko International Photo Festival in Kobe, Japan. EXPOSURE+5 participants will be exhibiting and presenting their projects from 1 – 15 August, 2015 at the Whitebox gallery, PUBLIKA.

Contact and enquiries

Munira Rohaizan  wallflowerad@gmail.com

Steven V-L Lee    svllee@gmail.com

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EXPOSURE+5 Exhibition of Final Projects Presentation

exp+5banner Now that the 9 participants in the Exposure+5 session have completed their projects, their photo series will be exhibited to the public from the 1 to 15 August, 2015 at Whitebox, MAP at Publika in Kuala Lumpur.  All participants and their mentors will be presenting their projects to friends, family and the public on Sunday afternoon, 2 August from 2 – 3:30 pm at the gallery space. Come to hear about each participant’s experience on how they identified, develop and photographed their projects, through to editing their final images and preparing for exhibition. Mentors will also be on hand to answer any questions about the program. The participants are : Hanlim Yee – Coming Home Thomas Phoon – Observatory Observation Adi Safri – Home and Away Irene Yap – For the Departed Arvin Karunakaran – Urban Decay George Wong – Familiar Strange Ahmad Saufie Jaffar – Project Beca Harriet van Eldik-ten Hoopen – Desire Path Vinoth Raj Pillai – Rat Race This session sees some really creative projects as well as more traditional but well-executed photo essays. Thank you to all the mentors, Kenny Loh, Snow Ng, Ashraf Saharudin and Eiffel Chong for their continued guidance and mentorship. The Exposure Photography Mentor Program has, through its inception, developed into a truly effective, beneficial & productive ‘education’ program for newcomers in photography who seek to develop their story-telling skills visually, through time-constrained sessions – identifying, researching and executing photo-stories, through to the final editing and presentation. The most effective and vital aspects of the program have been the group discussion sessions amongst participants as well as their mentors.

Exhibition Venue Whitebox Gallery @MAP PUBLIKA, Kuala Lumpur 1- 15 August 2015, Daily 11 – 6pm All are welcome to this event, which is held in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2015 Exhibition of Winners and Finalists. Registrations for the next instalment of Exposure+6 will be opening soon!

Hanlim Yee

Coming Home

Razak Mansion was officiated in 1962 and is one of the many housing projects initiated by Malaysia’s second prime minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak to accommodate lower income Malaysians. Each residential unit only has three bedrooms and two bathrooms with only 400 sq/ft in size. Unfortunately, this bustling “Mansion” will be demolished in 2017.

This project “Coming Home” revolves around Yann Huoy’s reminiscence of her childhood memories in Razak Mansion. Yann Huoy, who is currently living in Singapore makes her monthly visits back home to get away from her stressful working life. She often imagines herself playing in the same corridors as her father and she felt so attached to this place. All three generations of Yann Huoy’s family are currently living in Razak Mansion and they find it hard to let this place go.

“A kampung in a city is what I can describe my home. One of my favourite childhood memories was catching little fish in those big longkangs and playing hide and seek in the buildings with my cousins. I didn’t have my own room or a proper study table when I was younger, so I have this habit of lying on the floor studying. It’s tough cause I’m going to miss having relatives living around us.”

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Hanlim Yee is a 25 years old self-taught photographer and has been moonlighting the streets of KL as an occasional street photographer. His passion in documentary photography grew stronger while he was living in the United States for 4 years before settling back in Malaysia.

Hanlim was mentored by Kenny Loh and participated in Exposure+5.

Thomas Phoon

Observatory Observation

This series of photographs was taken from my balcony, a scene that I have been looking at every day. I would not have recorded this if I did not take the time to ponder what I want to achieve in photography.

I always searching for good spots, nice subject and perfect lighting for my photographs, to create images that attract people`s eyes. Eventually, I found that there is no more space for me to improve, I am in a bottleneck. Participating in Exposure+, we discussed photography, on why I take a picture, not how to create a stunning picture. It is a totally different way from what I was used to doing any projects in the past. It is a precipitation of my photography journey.

I discarded all my former methods in photography and started to work at a slower pace to discover what have been neglected.

By paying attention to my daily life and surroundings, I discovered that there are many interesting incidents which happens just in front of us that we always overlook or get accustomed to. They might not happen again and even it does, do we really notice those wonderful moments? To slow down the process of taking pictures, digital cameras with auto mode is not going to be the tool for this project. A fully mechanical film camera without light meter will make me think and be more cautious before pressing the shutter button, no image review until the negatives developed. Metering exposure with an old analogue light meter, and the need to do compensation most of the time by keeping my eyes on any changes of lighting conditions.

I call this is a deconstruct and reconstruction process of my work flow, it changed my habits in photography.

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Thomas was mentored by Snow Ng and participated in Exposure+5.

Adi Safri

Home and Away

According to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee is a person who is outside their country of origin, have a fear based around reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group, and because of this fear, they cannot or are unwilling to return to their country.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that at the end of February this year, about 152,570 refugees and asylum seekers are in Malaysia. They include about 141,570 from Myanmar, 3970 from Sri Lanka, 1200 from Pakistan, 1100 from Somalia, 960 from Syria, 850 from Iraq, 550 from Iran, 430 from Palestine and others.

What made me interested to doing this project is that I want to know about their lives deeper, by knowing what valuable and memorable items they have brought with them during the journey to Malaysia to seek refuge.

The main challenge I faced was how to get closer to them. I needed to spend time with them so that they will feel comfortable with me and share their lives and begin to show their belongings to me. Another challenge is to identify the location of their settlements and the limited communication is a bit complicated to progress my project.


Salimah Gafu, ethnic of Rakhine, 36 years old with her 9 years old daughter cloth. Her daughter lives in Myanmar with her relative.


Somali women, Filsan Jama Muse holding her son. During her escape, she was pregnant with her son and gave birth in Malaysia.


Laila Amiruddin, 17 years old, ethnic Rohingya, Myanmar with her school bag.


Osman Bilal, 31 years old, ethnic of Rakhine, Myanmar, with his engagement picture (second from right is his fiancee). His fiancee is now living in Myanmar.


Tawhidah Mohd Ghafar, 18 years old, ethnic Rakhine, Myanmar, holding a plate of Thanaka (a traditional herb talc) that she brought from Myanmar and is for the used for the whole family before she came to Malaysia.


Abdul Basik, 18 years old, with his slingshot. This is his favorite slingshot he brought from Myanmar.


Osman Mohamad, 37 years old, ethnic of Rohingya, holding a Hadith book (collections of texts purported to quote what the prophet Muhammad said verbatim on any matter). He brought from Myanmar and always with him.


Mohd Ghafar Malik, 39 years old, ethnic of Rakhine, Myanmar, holding a picture of his kids. One of his sons is now in Myanmar and taken care of by his aunt.


Mohamad Haniff Hussain, Ethnic of Rakhine, Myanmar holding his last 200 Kyat note when he arrived in Malaysia.


Somali boy, Bishar Abdisalam, 12, holding his shoes given by his father. Until now his father is believed to be lost due to the war.


A Somali boy, Ali Abdisalam, 15 years old, wearing ‘Goa Shall’, a traditional Somali cloth. This cloth was giving by his father. Until now his father is believed to be lost due to war.


A Somali child, Khafid Ahmed Khaif, 4 years old holding a toy that was taken by her mother during the escape to Malaysia. This toy is the only thing he loved, brought here.


Somali women, Hawo Mohamed Abubakari, 32 years old, with her son, her only child.


Shaban Amiruddin, 18 years old, ethnic of Rohingya, Myanmar with her slippers that she woreear to escape to Malaysia

Adi Safri is a photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He studied Photography at a local University before working at a local newspaper and production house. He has covered a range of stories on Malaysian festivals and events. He currently works at The New Straits Times Press as an entertainment photographer.

Adi is took part in Exposure+5 and was mentored by Snow Ng.

Irene Yap

For the Departed

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Funerals are not only for the death of our loved ones, but it’s also a celebration on Love. Why do we cry for our loved ones who have departed if not because of our love for them?

Death is a great mystery that no one knows the answer to. But we all know everything has it expiry date. Funerals are a moment to celebrate life, love and compassion. We only appreciate life when there is death around.

It’s a taboo for some cultures to photograph funerals, but I see it as a crucial documentation of a person’s final journey. It’s important for the young generation to know and to preserve their own family heritage.

It started when my aunt pass away, the closest family member that has departed. I hide my feelings of lost behind my camera. My camera is my mask to hide my pain. I am glad I photographed her funeral. It’s a very important moment for my family.

Irene Yap is part of Exposure+5 and was mentored by Ashraf Saharudin.

Arvin Karunakaran

Urban Decay

With a love for nature, I started my journey in taking photographs just recording the beauty and my surroundings. As days go by my curiosity and eagerness kept on growing in wanting to create impact with my images.

In this fast growing world and beautiful buildings all around us,  I take a step back to observe what has happened to the construction sites that have been abandoned and unable to become beautiful buildings. After all the planning and earth moving by clearing the forests and piling the ground with concrete and steel to make these dream buildings stand tall. here I witness how nature reclaims back its place.

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Cheras – Three storey shops

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Seremban kemayan. 2 stories shop lot. been 18 years

Seremban Kemayan, shop lots, abandoned for 18 years

An Exposure+5 participant, Arvin was mentored by Eiffel Chong.

George Wong

Familiar / Strange

My body of work is series of photographs of familiar, yet unacquainted surroundings.
I am from a small town called Segamat, located in the north of Johor state. I feel this sense of familiarity but strange; whenever I am in a place that bear a semblance of my hometown. Perhaps, I have been away from home for too long. Jamais-vu, some may call it, some say deja-vu. Perhaps, I am just homesick. Are you too?

George is a self-taught photographer, with a keen interest in documentary and street photography and was mentored by Eiffel Chong.


At the town square


At the market


It is not a providence shop


Weekend groceries run


Stillness of a small town

Ahmad Saufie Jaffar

Project Beca 


Unlike any other cities in Malaysia there is a main attraction in Melaka where the beca is still popular. Beca simply means trishaw or rickshaw.  Project Beca is about documenting the persons who ride them to make a living. They come from various backgrounds and ages. Some are as young as 16, and ages up to 75 years old is common. Some of them make quite a lot money daily, and some just enough for one meal a day. The beca is evolving as a main transportation mode to what it is currently, a tourist attraction. When I was 6 years old I went to school riding becas. An old man would pick me and other students to take us to school. I have learned through photographing this series that the project merges imagination and memories of the past. This project and its photographs pay homage to all the beca riders out there.

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Ahmad Saufie Jaffar is from Melaka. A former student of graphic design at local college and currently living in his 30’s experiencing photography and future memories. Ahmad Saufie Jaffar was mentored by Steven Lee and is a participant in Exposure+5.

Comment : I see this as a worthwhile project for the long run for Saufie. The documentation of these extraordinary contraptions over many years will likely see them change over time in terms of the themes, characters, designs and so on and may prove to be an important social study. I recall many years back, the simpler designs and adornments were based on flowers, spinning rainbow wheels, and tassels, with tons of Jalur Gemilang trailing in the wind. ~ Steven Lee

Harriet van Eldik-ten Hoopen

Desire Path a mini-movie… DesirePath--6 Originally from the Netherlands but living in Kuala Lumpur from the start of 2015 I was enjoying my new environment with a lot of attention. At first I roamed the KL streets with my camera and explored al that’s happening in several areas of the city until I started observing people taking the shortest way to somewhere through a construction site high up from my balcony at 29th floor. As a photographer, much of what I do is to observe and to document. I saw these scenes that I have captured unveil before me as a mini-movie! It’s fascinating to see the light, structures and patterns on the site changing due to weather or human involvement but most of all… I was wondering…. who are these people… what is their destination… going there on their own… They are walking in their slice of time, somebody was there before them, shadows are acting as an hourglass and together they create a desire path. Harriet was born in The Netherlands has lived in Norway and worked in several companies before she decided to start her education at the Photo Academy in Groningen. Three years later she was able to start her own business focussing on company- and documentary photography. Now she is lucky to be an expat again here in KL and has the opportunity to put more time and effort in ‘free work’ again. This mentor program enables her to meet local photographers and mentors who are really passionate about their work just as she is!

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Harriet was mentored by Kenny Loh, and is a participant in Exposure+5