Singaporean photographers raising funds for migrant workers

Eight Singaporean photographers are selling prints of their old works to raise funds for migrant workers affected by Covid-19 and augment existing efforts to help them with food, mental health and employment.

All proceeds will go to Covid Migrant Support Coalition - made up of several non-government organisations - and the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home).

The online sale was initiated by photographer Darren Soh in collaboration with Objectifs - Centre For Photography And Film. People can buy prints from Objectifs' online store and collect them from May 19 - provided social distancing measures at that time permit this.

The prints - by Darren Soh, AikBeng Chia, Gareth Phua, James Tan, Jimmy Sng, Mindy Tan, Nicky Loh and Tham Kok Leong - cost from $80 to $500.

Mr Soh, 44, who is known for his photos of local architecture, said: "I've always been very aware of migrant workers' work and how they live... They are not invisible to me."

One of his works is a surreal shot of S11 Dormitory @ Punggol, taken in 2014. It was recently made an isolation area after a spike in coronavirus cases there.

"When all this is done and dusted, hopefully this will be a wake-up call on how we treat migrant workers," he added. - THE STRAITS TIMES