WALK OF LIFE. 1st solo exhibition by Che’ Ahmad Azhar



Che’ Ahmad Azhar 1st solo exhibition after 8 years of wandering the streets and alleys of Kuala Lumpur from dawn to dusk every Saturday.

Venue: Leica @ Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13th June – 13th July 2013
Time: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm

Open to public.



Walk Of Life by Che’ Ahmad Azhar

Che’ Ahmad Azhar has been wandering the streets of his beloved city Kuala Lumpur for as long as he can remember. In the Eighties, he prowled the streets of Petaling Street, Leboh Ampang, and Pudu as a young and eager Ad man escaping work and searching for relief. Those were defining days of youth that blew by as fast as a summer breeze.

These days, a much older Che’ continues wandering the same streets, the same neighborhood, corner to corner, from dawn to dusk every Saturday. But what was once a prowl is now a more paced walk. His search of old is now more a discovery. Faceless street vendors, food stall owners, fortunetellers, street masseurs, barbers, parking attendants, and security guards are now friends. Che’ has become the very streets he walks with such familiarity.

In 2007, Che’ took a more avid interest in his encounters and found friendships and picked up a little camera. He has been photographing his walk of life ever since.

It would seem that age has crept up on Che’, but Life certainly not.

Kevin WY Lee
Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) — at Starhill Gallery.


IPA PLUG & PLAY Presentation Kuala Lumpur | Part of IPA KL Photo Weekend, Malaysia


Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) returns to Malaysia with an exciting weekend of Photography, in partnership with KL Photoawards 2013. Join us from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th June in Kuala Lumpur for an intensive 3 Day Street Photography Workshop and an afternoon of Photo Presentations featuring a diverse, exciting panel of emerging Asian photographers.

i) Public Photo Presentation

IPA PLUG & PLAY Slideshow Presentation Kuala Lumpur
Date: 5pm – 7pm, Saturday 15th June 2013
Venue: GALERI PETRONAS, Lot 341-343, Level 3, Suria KLCC, PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre 50088 Malaysia Tel: 03 2051 7770

First up, a FREE Public Slideshow Presentation of Photography in Asia at the prestigious GALERI PETRONAS at Suria KLCC. Hosted by Kevin WY Lee (founder of IPA), the presenters include photographers Rony Zakaria, Indonesia; Eiffel Chong, Malaysia; Ian Teh, Malaysia/UK; and Darren Soh, Singapore.

Admission is FREE to the public but seating is limited to First Come, First Serve basis.

More Info: http://invisiblephotographer.asia/2013/03/31/ipaklphotoweekendjune2013/


ii) IPA Street Photography Workshop KUALA LUMPUR

An intensive 3 day workshop designed and produced by Invisible Photographer Asia in partnership with KL Photoawards for beginners to intermediate photographers who want to appreciate and explore street photography, develop their own skills, and begin their journey as a street photographer. This workshop is led by Kevin WY Lee (www.kevinwylee.com) with guests Rony Zakaria (www.ronyzakaria.com) & Che’ Ahmad Azhar (invisiblephotographer.asia/tag/che-ahmad-azhar).

Limited Spots available. Now Open for Registration: http://invisiblephotographer.asia/ipa-workshopevents/

IPA KL PHOTO WEEKEND is produced in partnership with KL PHOTOAWARDS 2013.

FB event here https://www.facebook.com/events/519124458123186/

Photography Talks and Presentations, KLCC

A whole afternoon of photography talks and presentations on 3 different photography mediums – EXPERIMENTAL, ALTERNATIVE and MOBILE PHONE photography.


Come and enjoy them for just RM30 for all 3 talks.

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm
by Mohd Azlan Mam

3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
by Aqmal Hadi Shapee & Yoong Kean of F64

5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
by Adi Arfan Mikhail


By Mohd Azlan Mam

Azlan will be presenting slides and talk about his fine art series “Emocratic Republic”. Azlan describes “Emocratic” as a piece of music and a melody, like a sonata and its own concerto. Through this silent opus of composition, we move within the stream of lyrical, poetic, and humanistic visions – melodic yet silent. This symphony is about something but nothing. It is not saying anything – [ mute ]. To Azlan this republic is bigger than any declaration, expression and the right to speak.

Mohd Azlan Mohd Talib aka Mohd Azlan M.A.M08 was born in Balik Pulau, Penang in 1974. He studied at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, graduated in Medical Imaging (1996), majoring in interventional Radiological procedures. He has worked in the Radiology Department, University Malaya Medical Centre and the National Heart Institute (cardiac angiographer and nuclear imaging) and currently woks as a Senior Diagnostic Radiographer in Health Scan Malaysia, a private diagnostic and medical centre. He specializes in Multi Slice CT Coronary Angiogram and Coronary Imaging.

Azlan had his formal education in Fundamentals, Basics and Principles in Photography during his undergraduate study in College of Medical Imaging, University of Malaya. He previously worked with digital photographic technology and now delves in Medium Format / Analogue photography / Experimental shots and Alternative hand tinting and painting. He is also a writer of conceptual and fine art photography for local photography magazine Fotografika.


By Aqmal Hadi Shapee and Yoong Kean

Aqmal and Yoong Khean will talk about some of the alternative photography processes and what it entails in this digital age.

Aqmal Hadi Shapee is a based in KL-based photographer, and trained as a marketing communications person in New Zealand. His interests in the visuals arts led him to photograph people and fashion, as well as shoot a few stop-motion animation videos and commercials. But his real passion lies in alternative photography. He founded”f64”, a purely analog film group in 2006, to explore the organic but creative workflow of pure photography without the restrictions of digital encumbrance. Together with a few like-minded individuals, they have made ripples in the small but vibrant photography circles of Malaysia.

He’s been to New York And London to learn more about photography, while at the same time, assisting and shooting a few fashion shoot for Maniac Magazine, a Pittsburgh based periodical. He’s also attended a few workshops by Bruce Smith, Doug Gordon and Joe DiMaggio on fashion, wedding and street photography. His work have been published in a few local magazines and graced CD covers, and he himself has been featured in a few local newspaper articles with regards to his film photography interests.

To him, creative process is a constant and he loves to travel far and wide to open up his views for new concepts and ideas. When at rest, he enjoys the local buzz in Kepong, where he lives.

Yoong Khean’s interest in photography began in 2001/02, when he was a medical student. Having developed an affinity for black & white images, he learnt the art of developing his own negatives, and hasn’t stopped since. In 2005, he had a joint exhibition with 3 other photographers, which resulted in a 2 page interview with a local photography magazine. Yoong Khean has since exhibited at the Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2008), The Print Room, Petaling Jaya (2010) and The China House, Penang (2011).


By Adi Arfan Mikhail

This talk will start with a General Overview and Tips on taking photos with mobile phone cameras, including various apps like Camera+, Hipstamatic, Instagram and getting the most out of them, sharing and posting to various social media. Adi will also touch upon thematic approaches. Next there will be a presentation of various mobile phone photography works including street, travel, and underwater photography

Adi Arfan Mikhail currently works as the Head of Content for TehTarikTV and also freelances as a photographer and animator, among many other creative jobs. He started taking photography as a serious hobby since August 2007, and started actively photographing with mobile devices since 2011. When not at work, Adi can be seen lurking around downtown with his iPhone 5 doing street photography. His other weapons of choice include the iPhone 4, iPad mini, Nokia N8, and Galaxy Nexus. He strongly believes smartphones as image documenting devices ar\nd greatly changing the photography landscape and re-defining it.


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Order and Gesture in Street Photography

Che Ahmad Azhar, one of street photography sifu in Malaysia will be teaching a workshop entitled ‘Order and Gesture in Street Photography’ at Obscura Festival, Georgetown Penang from 27th to 29th June, 2013.


This intensive 3-day workshop is designed to help students to produce lively street-scenes by applying the two key principles in street photography – order and gesture. Students will learn how to identify potential photographic situations of daily life in the street, create order in designing the frame with layers of information, and capture interesting gesture to ‘animate’ the scene.

The workshop will be comprised of compositional theory, aspects of story-telling, techniques of street-shooting, the editing process (picture selection) and a chance to walk with me to get a sense of how to overcome the fear or shyness in approaching the subjects.

The series of work produced by students of this workshop will be shown at the festival’s Final Show on 29th of June, 2013.

The workshop is open to all, regardless of your photography skills. The fees is USD200 and for registration, please write to contact@obscurafestival.com