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Interview on CNN

I spoke to Stella Ko/CNN Style for this feature on my Singapore work.

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Most people know Singapore as a modern metropolis with a booming tourism industry and a thriving food scene. But you wouldn’t know that by looking at this photographer’s work. Nguan, who goes by one name, wanted to turn his camera away from his hometown’s bustling crowds and out-of-this-world architecture and portray the city-state as an ethereal, dreamy wonderland. (📸: Nguan)

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Nguan ‘Singapore’ exhibition at SIPF

Singapore will be presented as a solo exhibition as part of the 6th Singapore International Photography Festival.

Venue: Gillman Barracks, Block 9, #02-21

Duration: 8 September 2018 to 28 October 2018

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm – 7pm, Sunday: 12pm – 5pm. Closed on Monday.

Admission is free.

Here is a preview of the festival in The Straits Times.

“Singapore” book by Nguan

I’m thrilled to announce the publication of my new book “Singapore”, featuring photographs from 2007-2017.

Hardcover, 128 pages with 82 colour plates.
10 inches x 10.5 inches
Edition of 1000 copies

ISBN: 978-981-11-4878-1

Published by Maybe Hotel

Related press/interviews:

Art Republik


It’s Nice That

Michigan Quarterly Review


New York Times Magazine

You can order your copy here.

Relax Magazine


Earlier this year, the legendary Relax Magazine returned for one issue only, and I was thrilled to part of it. Many thanks to Hitoshi Okamoto for writing about my work, and the photographer Hideaki Hamada for showing it to him. You can order a copy of the magazine here.

The New Yorker Instagram takeover

This week the photographer @_nguan_ is taking over @newyorkerphoto’s feed, sharing images from his series “Singapore.” “My photographs are about big city yearning, ordinary fantasies, and emotional globalization,” he writes. Here, he captures the vast development Rochor Centre. These hulking, rainbow-colored apartments and shops will soon be demolished to make room for a new highway. Follow @newyorkerphoto to see more.

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I’m taking over New Yorker Photo’s Instagram for the week, and posting new or unseen pictures from my “Singapore” series every day. See you there!

‘A Luxury We Cannot Afford’ at Para Site, Hong Kong


I’m part of the group show “A Luxury We Cannot Afford” at Hong Kong’s Para Site. The exhibition is curated by Qinyi Lim and runs from Sep 19 to Nov 29. Here is a review of the show in LEAP magazine.

ArtReview Asia – Summer 2015

There is a ten-page feature on my work in the summer issue of ArtReview Asia. The full text is available here.


‘Comforter’ curated by Petra Collins at SFAQ [Project] Space


I’m showing seven prints from ‘How Loneliness Goes’ at ‘Comforter’, a group exhibition at SFAQ [Project] Space curated by the wonderful Petra Collins. The show also features work by Petra, Carlotta Kohl, Claire Milbrath and T.V. Wade. It runs from March 13-April 11. Pictures from the installation can be found on Purple, and a review of the show is on Artforum.

The U Press


I have a two-page interview in The U Press N°9.

How Loneliness Goes – 2nd edition


I’m so pleased to announce the second edition of How Loneliness Goes.

This edition is published by Math Paper Press in an edition of 1000 copies. It was designed by HJGHER, the creative agency behind Underscore Magazine.

Below are two reviews of the sold-out first edition:

American Photo

Ain’t Bad

Update: The second edition is also sold out.

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