Opening this Friday is ‘The Last Train” Tanjong Pagar, an exhibition by photojournalist Zann Huizhen Huang. A largely self taught photographer, Zann left Singapore for a backpacking tour around Asia, and began her first foray into photojournalism after the tsunami in 2005. Since then she has been trying to build a portfolio on the road. In less than a year, she joined World Picture News in December 2005. Zann’s works have been published in TIME magazine, Choc, IKONO, Le Monde, L’expresso , Geo Italia, AOL, United Nations (UNFPA) and Asian Geographic. She also contributes to the United Nations on humanitarian and environmental issues. In 2007, she became the field editor/photographer for ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC magazine covering the Middle East.
“I saw an opportunity to do a photo documentary project about Singapore, my own country when the last train was going to cease operation on 30 June 2011,” Zann explains. “The project covers not just the train or tracks alone but it encompasses a lifestyle built around it. I aim to preserve the series of 45 photographs as collective memories for both Singapore and Malaysia, and I want to capture not just still images of the railway station but the emotions that ran through towards the final closure of the station and the special meaning that this place have for different people, be it the staff or couples who had courtship there or the people who frequent the coffee shop over the years and their sense of loss.”
The opening ceremony is at 7pm on 16 September at The Photographic Society of Singapore. The exhibition runs till 22 September. Admission is free.