KOH Yee Chao

An engineer by profession, photography enthusiast Koh Yee Chao’s photographic journey have largely been fuelled by humanity’s advancement. From venturing deep down Varanasi’s alleys to exploring Singapore’s urban playground, his images consistently reflects his vision in documenting dying traditions and cultures.

“I like to capture things that have fallen through society’s cracks and photograph them before they disappear in the face of rapid modernization. I hope my images will remind younger generations of the hardship and pain that our forefathers went through to get us to where we are today.”

Yee Chao equates his shooting style to two key elements – an open heart and keen observation. For it is through understanding that one can really unveil the subjects true personality.


Once Upon A Night

2011 - present

“I started documenting Chinese spirit-mediums or tang ki in 2011, which often involved attending rituals that were held in cemeteries at night. My fascination with these Chinese rituals dates back to my early childhood: I grew up in a kampung on the boundaries of Bukit Brown Cemetery, where my grandfather worked as a caretaker. From him, I learnt about Taoist beliefs and the importance of life and death. By sharing these images of my personal journey through the realm of spiritual worship, I hope to highlight its significance in Singapore culture.”