Wee Teck Hian began his journey as a photographer in 1997 after an eventful road trip in the United States with friends.
He spent 17 years as a photojournalist with a newspaper and covered many major news developments in Singapore.
Outside of work, he embarked on several passion projects. From 2004, he followed the dramatic redevelopment of the Marina Bay area from a large, empty swathe of reclaimed land to a skyscraper-filled business and recreation district anchored by the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort. He captured the grit and glitz of the massive makeover over 10 years and started taking panoramic black-and-white photos, which he would develop in a small darkroom at home.
His other projects include SGreen (a series of images of lush, untended green areas that are increasingly rare in urbanised Singapore), the redevelopment of the iconic National Stadium between 2007 and 2015, and the final weeks of the former KTM railway station in 2011.
Wee is also an ultra-runner who has completed the 168km Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc in France and the epic 330km Tor des Geants in Italy.
He shot pictures and videos of the spectacular mountains and valleys during his races using his mobile phone, but hopes to take “proper” photos in future while he is not in the race.
He believes in staying curious and the importance of knowing one’s heritage.