Yesteryears by Sean Cham

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Sean Cham is an undergraduate at Yale-NUS College, with an Urban Studies major and an Arts and Humanities minor. He is also the author of Yesteryears, a photobook showcasing 50 places in Singapore that were culturally and historically significant.

“The series was taken when Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence, and there was an increasing wave of nostalgia across the nation. However, many buildings and places were left abandoned and forgotten amidst the country’s race for progress. Places are vessels of memories for the people; places are where relationships are forged, stories are created, history is made. From hidden palaces to crumbling neighbourhoods, these places are long past its halcyon days as they descend into mere brick and mortar.”

Sean started working on Yesteryears at the end of 2014, and completed the series mid 2015. “I told myself the series needed a closure; leaving the photographs in the deep recesses of the World Wide Web will only lead to its ruins like the buildings the series depict. So early 2016 I decided to pitch my book to the team at BooksActually. Kenny Leck was on board but he told me the book needed something more. So I spent the entirety of 2016 figuring out how best to package the series, consulted practitioners in London, wrote an essay for the book, and early 2017 I had it figured out.”

The process that took Sean nearly three years from start to end will be launched at the Singapore Art Book Fair 2017 which opens tomorrow and runs until 30 April at Gillman Barracks.

 

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