North Korea Photo Series

About Mindy Tan

Mindy’s photographs wants people to take a closer look at people.

Disconcerted by an Asia that is quickly forsaking its traditions for a modernity that leaves more people on the lower side of equal, she finds herself compelled to photograph the everyday lives of ordinary people.

Using a story-telling format, the photographer looks into a human psyche caught between split-seconds of emotional revelations and harsh truths.

Her photographs seek to be straight-forward and informative, using an aesthetic that can be confrontational.

Ambassador to Fujifilm as one of the brand’s X-photographers, she is the first female X-Photographer in South-East Asia and presented at Fujikina 2017 becoming the first female on Fujikina’s live stage in Kyoto.

Mindy’s training began as a newspaper journalist in Singapore. Apart from breaking news, she reported on migrant labour, the underprivileged and the blue-collared.

She won a Society of Publishers Asia (SOPA) award for excellence in Human Rights Reporting in 2007.

The following year, she swapped pen for camera to pursue documentary photography, reporting on the Beijing Paralympics as her first major assignment.

Her photographic work today extend from street photography to contemporary affairs, weddings and sports, taking assignments worldwide. She has worked with brands such as Shell, Uniqlo, Mini Cooper and Huawei. Editorial clients include agencies newspapers such as Reuters, the Associated Press and Die Zeit.

Her greatest passion is street photography in Singapore and Asia, documenting Lee Kuan Yew’s passing, later selected for show at the National Museum of Singapore; and the 2015 Singapore General Elections, co-published into the book ‘Silenced Minority’.

A North Korea photo series went viral on social media and subsequently exhibited in France, at the Festival Pil’ours.


2017 Funan Showsuite: Camera, Shoot, Edit

2017 Fujikina, Kyoto: Talk Show, Asphodel Gallery トークショー・スタジオデモ スケジュール

2017 Fujifilm X-T20 Singapore Launch, Sharing experiences

2016 Fujifilm X-T2 Singapore Launch, Sharing experiences

2016 Nikon School Street Photography Workshop

2011 Sports Photography Workshop by Singapore Sports Council & Reuters

Show and tell of North Korea photographs at Festival Pil’ours, France
Photokina Fujifilm Gallery, Cologne


2017 Funan Showsuite, Singapore

2016 Fujifilm X-Photographer’s gallery, Photokina, Cologne

2016 Festival Pil’ours, International Festival of Women Photographers, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France

2016 K+ Instgrm Exhibition, Scotts Square

2016 A Moment of Unity, National Museum of Singapore

2016 One by One metre square, Flaneur Gallery

2010 SKII Clear Water Project Jakarta, Tangs Orchard

2010 Sports Photography Exhibition, Singapore Sports Council

2010 Behind the Wheels of survival (Manila), Jurong East Regional Library

2008 Para Games Beijing, Volvo Art Loft

2004 ‘Fish in a dish’, Singapore International Documentary Film Festival, Singapore History Museum

2004 ‘Fish in a dish’, 9th Malaysian Video Awards Festival, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur


2008 International Photography Awards, 10 Honourable Mentions

2007 International Photography Awards, 2nd, Editorial Sports

2007 Society of Publishers Asia Awards (Hong Kong), 
Editorial Excellence in Human Rights Reporting, Honourable Mention

2007–2005 Singapore Press Holdings Special Award for Excellence 
- Cambodian Dragon Boat Tragedy
- Abuse In Children’s Home
- 200 Maids In Little Shophouse Of Horrors
- Filipino Maid Murder Stories

2004 Crowbar Awards, Bronze 
- Design , Editorial Publication
- Advertising , Narrative Photography


前线追踪,FrontlineFY1718, Channel 8, Mediacorp
AXN Channel, Instructor for Nikon School
Talking Point Ep 47: Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew, Channel 5, Mediacorp
BFM 89.9: The Business Station, Interview on Ticket to Ride, When in North Korea (Kuala Lumpur) Podcast
938 Live The Culture Cafe, Art Beat : One by One Metre Space interview (Singapore, 2016)
91.3FM, The Living Room interview


ASIA Exposed Season 1, Ep 4, Channel News Asia, Disability in Manila.


Silenced Minority
Publisher: Little People Collective 
Paperback: 222 Pages
Published: 2015, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN: 978–981–09–7493–0

Thank you, Mr Lee
Publisher: Basheer Graphic Books
Paper Back, 94 pages
Published: 2015, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN: 978–981–09–4969–3

Founding Fathers (GREAT SINGAPORE STORIES series) David Marshall — The Legal Eagle
Author: The New Paper

You can follow her instagram @tinyhumanmind’ and @mindytanphotos or visit her website