Wednesday, 22 December 2010

In Case it Snows in Heaven

I am a bad blogger, there, I said it. I started this blog hoping to share my thoughts on various things photography. To be fair, I do start a lot of posts, just never get round to finishing them. I will finish the post I started about going to Singapore to visit the Photography Festival there but many of the posts will get deleted.

I have been hoping to have a week of very active blogging as I was supposed to be in Germany printing my book. My life has been completely taken over in the last month or so by this book. Chasing writers, picking fonts, trying to get the cyan out of a certain image, deciding on capitals or not........the minor details. Naively, I really did think the book would be easy. After all, all the images were print ready, I have had the match prints made for a while and I thought I had a pretty good idea how the book would be layout. But nothing prepared me for how much work is involved. A millions minor details that makes the book. Thankfully, I had a great designer who was a pleasure to work with.

I was suppose to be printing there last week but had to be delayed for a couple of reasons. So the dates were fixed for this week. Then the freaking snow came and all the flights are cancelled. The book is going to be printed tomorrow in Heidelberg but unfortunately, I will be in London. It needs to be printed now to have it ready for the up coming shows, so I will just have to trust the printers will do a good job. Someone from Kehrer will be there off course to supervise the printing but I really wish I could have been there, to learn, if nothing else. Guess it could be worse, I could have been stuck at Frankfurt Airport over Christmas.

So the only thing I can share with you is my test print.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

More shameless self promotion

I have 3 group shows opening this week, if you are in Toronto, London or Hong Kong, come check out one of the shows. I am back in Hong Kong now to continue on my project, 'The Queen, The Chairman and I', so hopefully see some of you there at the 1A Space.

'Right Here, Right Now', The Front Room, 96 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3EA, PV- 05/10/10, 6-8pm.

'Flash Forward Festival', 171 East Liberty Street, no. 118-120, Toronto. PV-06/10/10, 7-10pm.

'Simulated Alternate Realities', 1A Space, Unite 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. PV 08/10/10, 7pm.

Friday, 1 October 2010


I mentioned a while back on the blog that I have reworked my project 22 steps to the sea. I am pleased to say that the project has been awarded the Troika Editions FORMAT Exposure Prize. So besides being part of Format Festival next year, 3 of the diptychs will be previewed next week at the Front Room Gallery in Clerkenwell, London, alongside the other 2 winners. The 3 diptychs will also be available exclusively on Troika Editions. Come along next Tuesday, 5th Oct, 6-8pm for the private view to check them out if you are free, otherwise, the show is up until the 14th of Nov.

22 Steps from the Sea #1 by photographer Kurt Tong

22 Steps from the Sea #7 by photographer Kurt Tong

22 Steps from the Sea #13 by photographer Kurt Tong

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Get out of my frame protesters, you are ruining my shot

I came across this picture in one of the national papers a while back, the caption read 'Anger: Muslim protesters burn a U.S. flag and portrait of Pastor Terry Jones outside the American embassy in London'

Really should have read, Anger: Muslim protesters miss the burning of a US flag and portrait of Paster Terry Jones but will be catching it on TV and read about it in the papers.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Gallery Talk

I am doing a gallery event on the 21st of September, details below.

Hope to see you there.

Kurt Tong in conversation with Bridget Coaker of Troika Editions

Date: Tuesday 21 September, 19:00

Entry: £5 (£3.50 members)

Booking: Please call 020 7738 5774 to book.

Kurt Tong will be in conversation about the exhibition with Bridget Coaker of Troika Editions. They will discuss Tong's work as an example of a piece of documentary photography which is also popular in the fine art market. Bridget Coaker is curator, picture editor and Director of Photography for the online gallery Troika Editions. In 2009 she was Director of the Hereford Photography Festival.

This exhibition showcases two recent projects from award-winning photographer Kurt Tong. In Case it Rains in Heaven is a series of photographs of items made out of joss paper to be burned as offerings for the dead, exploring Chinese traditions and beliefs regarding the afterlife and the impact caused by Westernisation. Memories, Dreams; Interrupted explores the concept of memories and the suggestion of scientists that they are stored like jpegs – broken down into small pieces and put away. When recalling an event, the brain automatically fills in any missing pieces, thus altering our memories.

Click here for more information about the exhibition.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Private View

I am exhibiting 2 recent projects in my first London Solo show. Until the 26th of September, 'In Case it Rains in Heaven' and 'Memories, Dreams; Interrupted' will be on show at Photofusion, 17A Electric Lane, London, SW9 8LA.

Private view will be tomorrow, Thursday 5th of August between 18:30-21:00. Come along if you are free.

I will also be doing a conversation with Bridget Coaker, curator, picture editor and director of photography for Troika Editions, on Tuesday, 21st of September from 19:00.

Hope to see some of you there tomorrow.

Monday, 12 July 2010

22 Clicks from the Sea

While there has been lots of media coverage about the BP oil leak, there has also been a lot of talks about the journalists/photographers being detained, questioned by both corporate security staff and government authorities.

Although, sensitivities around the oil refineries along the Texas Gulf coast has been around long before the leak. I set off on a project (22 Steps to the Sea) along the gulf coast 2 years ago and I was stopped on numerous occasions, by the police, the fire department, the Coast Guards, the Homeland Security, all citing national security for the reason that I am getting stopped and moved on, even though I was photographing on public areas. 11 incidents later, FBI alert was mentioned, I had enough and abandoned the project.

However, with all the recent talks, I have decided to revisit the project. Since all the images from the project were taken along public roads, I was curious to see if I could take the same pictures on Google Map. Of the 25 images I chose for my edit, 21 were found on Google Streetview and the remaining 4 were available on satellite view. (Images will be uploaded to my website soon.)

Maybe I should finish my original project and continue along the coastline in the comfort of my own home. (before they switch Google off too...)