In an era when amateur iPhone snapshots can garner millions of likes, what’s the role of a photographer, and how has the professional artform evolved to serve our social media feeds? Lee Yik Keat, Margaret Zhang and Tom Blachford delve into this turning point to learn how the lines between social media and photography are dissolving, and what the future holds for the camera.
Lee Yik Keat is a self-taught photographer based in Singapore. At the age of 24, he has accumulated a following of close to 400,000 followers on Instagram, where most of his work can be found. He was enlisted as the tour photographer for American musician Lauv, while his clients have included adidas, Changi Airport, Samsung and the Singapore Tourism Board.
Margaret Zhang is an Australian-born Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. She has worked both in front of and behind the camera for a range of brands and publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Gucci, MatchesFashion and Chanel. She has been listed in ForbesAsia’s 30 Under 30 and TimeOut’s 40 Under 40, and she recently joined Fotografiska’s Innovation Development Board and is currently working on her first feature film.
Tom Blachford specialises in interiors, architecture and aerial photography with a distinctive mastery of long exposure. His work transforms predictable known environments into surreal and dreamlike worlds by using available light sources, such as the moon or neon street lighting, and has been featured widely in publications across the world. His debut monograph, Midnight Modern, was published in 2017 by PowerHouse.