Portraits of People – The Dream Issue

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In 2017 Huda Azzis, – a documentary editor – and Souher Wahba – Intermission Bar Manager at The Projector – got together to start Your Local Newsstand, an independent publishing group specialising in photography zines. “We got together because we wanted to publish our own zines. So in a way it is our little side project. We will be releasing 3 zines, and each issue will feature a specific theme and will be curated in different styles of storytelling.”

The first publication titled, “Portraits of People – The Dream Issue“, captures the dreams and hopes of people as they answer one question, What is your dream in life? “Together with our photographer friend, Imran Mohammed, we went out to photograph friends and strangers on the street. It’s a project that took a year to finish and was entirely self-funded and self-published.”



Construct Magazine by TWC







Construct Magazine caught our eye for obvious reasons. A quick scroll through revealed it to be an in-house publication by The Working Capitol.

Editor Sal Seah spoke to Culturepush about how the publication evolved.

“It began as Capitol Press, a biweekly print publication we produced in-house for about a year. It was an 8-page digest, with community profiles, upcoming events, and various guides to the neighbourhood. There were 25 editions of Capitol Press, but they were only ever distributed from within the walls of The Working Capitol. When it started becoming rote and like clockwork we stopped and took stock. It was then that we decided we were going to have to go bigger and bolder if we wanted to challenge ourselves.

By ourselves I’m referring to Samantha Pang, the Art Director, and myself. With this relaunch of the TWC magazine we wanted to push ourselves and the brand in the fields of content and design. We took a very intentional but also process-driven and experimental attitude towards both these elements in the making of the magazine. The goal was to be provocative, in the sense of making people question things they take for granted and then galvanising them into some kind of action or to make some kind of change. It’s very much an extension of what The Working Capitol stands for. This is also where the name comes from, by the way. ‘Construct’ as a verb is to build or create, but as a noun it refers to a hypothesis, or a product of historical or social circumstances. Basically, a man-made concept that can—and should—be challenged.

The theme we settled on for this issue of Construct was ‘Time’ and was the biggest influence on the magazine. That and all the collaborators we worked with along the way, from contributors to advertisers, illustrators to tech critics. That said, design was done in house, by our very lean design team.

The magazine does touch on things like technology, business, and work, and I think in its bones it is entrepreneurial. However, it’s meant for a larger community of fundamentally curious people, culturally-aware, appreciative of good design, and who love to think and learn and do. That’s why it can also in certain cafes and other select establishments around central Singapore.”


Film Photos And You by HongKit Toh







Graphic Designer Hongkit uses a Yashica T-3 to explore Singapore and beyond through personal narratives. The result, Film Photos and You, a 24-image film booklet, roused out of everyday influences.

“I wanted to experiment with film, snapping photos of things that interest me. I wanted to make it into a book because I thought it would be really interesting to showcase the photos in spreads. The typography represents the mood of the photos. The typeset used is Big Caslon.”


INKPULSE: The Art of Yeo Shih Yun


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“My soul mate in the universe of art is ink. INKPULSE is a monograph that I have embarked to share my art journey and it is the journal for my deeply personal and cherished connection with ink.”

(from the press release)

Ink artist and INSTINC founder Yeo Shih Yun is holding a crowdfunding campaign to publish INKPULSE, a progressive catalogue of art over two decades, interspersed with accounts by the people she has met along the way—gallerists, curators, friends and fellow artists alike.

INKPULSE charts Yeo Shih Yun’s artistic journey from 2000 until 2017, from her budding years falling in love with Chinese ink, diving headfirst into Abstract Expressionism and Rothko to her eventual founding of INSTINC and experiments and collaborations on local shore.

With an ink-based, East-meets-West aesthetic—influenced by the tutelage of eminent painter Chua Ek Kay—Yeo Shih Yun pursues new depths within the realm of Abstract Expressionism, mixing means, mediums and collaborators.

This publication is presented as a progressive catalogue of Yeo Shih Yun’s art works over the years, interspersed with accounts by the people she has met along the way—gallerists, curators, friends and fellow artists alike. It is only through reading their essays does the chaos emerge into order, with the randomness of collective memories offering new angles, multi-layered dimensions and deeper connecting vibrations to Shih Yun’s art.


Architecture and the Architect: Image-making in Singapore

(from the press release)

An intimate project, this publication arises out of an anxiety towards the fast-changing built landscape of Singapore. Its objective is to look at place, memory and nostalgia through architecture, while attempting to understand the images of Singapore in the collective minds. How do we, as agents and recipients of the built environment, come together to decide the landscape that generations after our own would inherit? We have gone about assembling individual memories of architects and users who are both, in their own ways, image-makers of the city. The result is a collage of both the physical and the sensory coming together to inform something about a spirit of intersecting times.

In its most celebrative tone, the images and anecdotes in this book recognize what we have. Yet, this is not meant as an evasion of criticality. Instead, we encourage readers to take an unprejudiced look at this city we call Singapore, before searching for their own meaning of place. We see this publication as a tribute, as well as a reminder of the choices we make to strengthen our national identity. The publication features fourty buildings in a diversity of styles that were built in different decades — shopping malls, offices, instituitional spaces, public housing and private residential developments. Theses featured buildings sit alongside two republished essays—by veteran architects, William Lim and Alfred Wong, respectively — and eight new interviews with architects and an architecture photographer based on their works in Singapore. Lastly, anecdotes on the ground from residents, tenants, shopkeepers and security officers have been inserted throughout the pages of the publication to complete this collective gathering of voices.

Editor and Writer: Virginia Who
Design: Do Not Design
Associate Photographer: Beton Brut
Contributing Photographer: Darren Soh

This project is supported and partially funded by the iRememberSG Fund of the Singapore Memory Project. Click here to get your hands on a copy.




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