TAY Kay Chin

Tay Kay Chin is a Singaporean photographer who worked mainly in the documentary and photojournalistic genres until recently, when he realizes that not having to show truth with the camera opens up a totally alien and exciting universe. A proud photojournalism graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, he spent more than a decade in newspapers in Singapore and the US, working his way up from photographer to presentation editor. In 2010, he co-founded PLATFORM, a photography collective to promote photojournalism and documentary work in Singapore through regular talks, panels and presentations. Besides commercial and personal projects, he devotes his time to promoting photography, writing, consulting and lecturing.


Panoramic Singapore

2001 - 2006

“I have never entertained the thought of losing my memories. But lately, I seem to have forgotten what Singapore is. On a good day, I can probably name all 50 states in the USA and the accompanying state capitals. But if you ask me which stations lie between City Hall and Woodlands, well, I won’t be a millionaire. About a year ago, I began romanticizing the notion of “making pictures with my heart.” Here’s a typical scenario in which I would use that catchy phrase: when I miss a Kodak moment because I am too lazy to carry a real camera, I say: “Don’t worry, I have taken that picture with my heart, it stays.” Alas, there are indeed limits to the human brain (and heart). To borrow the words of American photographer Jeff Jacobson, “I simultaneously feel deeply at home in this country and like a perpetual visitor to a strange and bizarre land.” So these pictures are, on one level, my attempts to clarify those conflicts. And on a more practical level, they are just my personal effort to eternalize some scenes which will soon be gone. These are also my gifts to Singapore.”