Kanta Manuscript 2020– photobook limited run

Kanta Manuscript 2020—Photobook maquette / mockup. Managed to squeeze in a little booklet printout for #KantaPortraits (limited run, will release some proper pics after i hand mockup the book). The last few weeks have been choc-o-block mentoring and putting together 4 commissioned photobooks of local photographers to be sent to Taipei as part of the exhibition I'm curating, working title #periodicwaysofseeing


REBUILD– TOYO viewcam #toyolcam

25 September— #ToyolCam is back! Thank you Azahan the aluminium welder! its stronger than standard. had to stop him from making it too perfect and painted, you've given life to a broken down old 70s camera. thanks @_fitrijalil_ for getting this done! you will learn the workings of this camera. Sporting the really light and strong Linhof tripod! #urbancamoflauge #agedlook #Linhoftripod thanks Faiz! now to look for a suitable lens, graflok back, and film holders......  @ Brickfields

#toyolcam is back from the welders, thanks Fitri!

linhof tripod from faiz
aluminium welded by Azahan

previous fix outside
welded, skimmed outside

previous fix inside
welded, skimmed inside

23 September— acquired a beatup old tripod #Linhof. feels stable for the large format toyo im rebuilding

7 September— [1] Yaw free Toyo View camera! modified by none-other #MasterChanSifu !! so good to see you today! [2] Was during lockdown when we last contacted, here are three wooden film holders smiley face πŸ™‚ [3] some cameras have changed place.... but the usual suspects [4] Arca Swiss, modified Yaw-free..... [5] secret room of fold cameras... I've been thinking bout that Micro Percision for so long... still can't afford it πŸ™ [6] he's well enough now to cook for himself, wished i could visit more often, bring some provisions for him, he's very self-sufficient and resilient  [7] little workshop, miter-ing tool machinery.... i need to make some lens boards again [8] some friends i brought said its the future me.... yes my studio is looking alike.... [9] bye #MasterChanSifu see you soon, wishing you well πŸ™‚ @Ulu Klang.

[1] yaw free toyo
[2] film holder smiley face

[3] camera cabinet
[4] arca swiss yawed free

[5] fold cameras
[6] well enough to cook

[7] little workshop
[8] studio lookalike

[9] bye Master Chan Sifu

3 September— gift to myself arrived today! too tired today to open. rebuilding my arsenal of...  —Say hello to my new camera Toyo View D45M probably from the 70s. (i still need one or two more large formats, its to kickstart workshops, first one in November). Its cheap RM$400 (100USD) but it had some (questionable) repair work on it. i still need to work on it and get some additional parts. It works and i can use it, i think im gonna love this camera, fix it use it, keep it running!

package arrives
hello toyo (my only 4x5 camera in malaysia)

Camera Matters 2020

23 September— both my dead digital cameras... needs to be repaired $$$. The only digital camera i have now is the phone.... UPDATE: ITS RM1300 TO FIX! πŸ™ Sony service centre- (interesting that they follow the british spelling). estimated bout RM700 (USD175)... the camera is rm1400 new (correction 2600 new)..... 😒 @ The Curve, Mutiara Damansara

sony repair centre
dead cameras

7 September— just sold off my 135 format camera, had it since 2005. Canon FTQL 1964 last of the manuals before electronics started coming in

bye bye


Secret South Exhibition– Kanta Portraits Taiwan / Nusantara Archives

13 September— ON EXHIBIT— Secret South Exhibition– Kanta Portraits Taiwan / Nusantara Archives KANTA portraits @kantaportraits camera #1interchange (retired) on exhibit with news video and grant report, some prints. As part of @nusantara archives for 'The Secret South' exhibition at Taipei Fine Arts Museum. thank you for sending me pics! #KantaPortraits #tfam θ‡ΊεŒ—εΈ‚η«‹ηΎŽθ‘“ι€¨ Taipei Fine Arts Museum @boxcameranow #camaraminutera #cameralambelambe  #lambelambe #afghanboxcamera #kamraefaoree

[1] Secret South Exhibition Nusantara Archives
[2] Secret South Exhibition Nusantara Archives

[3] Secret South Exhibition Nusantara Archives
[4] Secret South Exhibition Nusantara Archives

[5] Secret South Exhibition Nusantara Archives
[6] Secret South Exhibition Nusantara Archives

[7] Secret South Exhibition Nusantara Archives
[8] Secret South Exhibition Nusantara Archives
[9] Secret South Exhibition Nusantara Archives

[10] Secret South Exhibition Nusantara Archives

13 July— Exhibition setup @kantaportraits camera #1interchange is going on exhibit as part of Nusantara Archives for 'The Secret South' exhibition at Taipei Fine Arts Museum. thank you for including the camera! picture credit to Guest Curator Takamori Nobuo #KantaPortraits #tfam @ θ‡ΊεŒ—εΈ‚η«‹ηΎŽθ‘“ι€¨ Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Nusantara Archives exhibition space, camera here

exhibition space

camera setup


Taipei Photobook Exhibition curation– preparation

Over a year in the making, an exhibition theme on collecting of photobooks from Malaysia with Lightbox Photobooks Library. Here are turn of events to the collecting of books. working title “Periodic Ways of Seeing”.

24 July— 1 bike, 8 books & alot of photo papers. KL - Penang express #CyclingGeorgetown. Dropped a book bag, Mak Yong took the brunt πŸ™ thank you Antoine Loncle Khoo Salma Areca Books #PenangBookshelf FanChon Hoo for making this trip @liew @canaides. exhibition working title #PeriodicWaysofSeeing

26 July— Tambun caves and wall drawings, Indigenous imagery dating back as far as 9000 to 3000 years. Possibly Semai of Tambun. Only discovered in 1959 @ Tambun, Perak, Malaysia. part of research for upcoming exhibition, working title #PeriodicWaysofSeeing

about 10 meters up the wall
abstract imagery
limestone formation

6 August— some books (covers) i like. found last few weeks at state publishers and resellers. Research and side acquisition for exhibition, working title #PeriodicWaysofSeeing

11 August— #Sasterawan literature, historian, Indigenous activist and legend Akiya. Honoured to meet a prolific writer on little known histories from the indigenous point of view #PeriodicWaysofSeeing

Akiya book signing
indigenous alter-narratives

17 August— First Shipment heading to Taipei! 29.7kg of books. For those who contributed, thank you! This is for a project I've been working on for some time coming to fruition, with many other people (thank you too!). An exhibition on Malaysian Photobooks soon in Oct/ Nov 2020! Exhibition working title of #PeriodicWaysOfSeeing more details later @lightbox_lib. Even the DHL people were so intrigued with the books. Mandatory to flip through all the 40+ books to validate (censorship).

3 September— Second Shipment heading to Taipei! 29.85kg of books. Thank you to those who contributed. An exhibition on Malaysian Photobooks soon in Oct/ Nov 2020! Exhibition working title #PeriodicWaysOfSeeing @lightbox_lib we have a new title, releasing soon! Nich of DHL really took his time to go through all the books, even calling his staff to read the books with him. He gave us a Discount too!!!

1st shipment– 41 books
2nd Shipment– 39 books


BUILD– Tong Camera

Say Hello to Kamera no.10 Tong camera (working name). Built mostly during our 'Lockdown'. It is the 5th generation of instant-portrait cameras I've built, this one a development from the main camera no.1 Interchange with many design upgrades. I have gathered many thoughts on how to make this build as simple and easy as possible, using found materials and inspired from my experience with indigenous communities here on the Peninsular with their building methods and materials used. Even some of the Tong (containers) are from their villages.

It is still not complete, because I don't have access to getting some paint/ build materials, tools and other photographic materials in the studio during this lockdown period. But I'm happy to share this new prototype range and some of the new features it will be able to perform. (Credit to FABLAB of Taipei too for helping in making a crucial part, back in November 2019).

- Much lighter about 1.5kg (below 2kg i think, don't have my weighing scale)
- waterproof! for washing
- rear standard movements (for fine focusing)
- vertical and horizontal format
- 4x5"and smaller multi-format print size
- interchangeable lenses
- colour prints (BW as well) chemical prints!
- handheld box cameras (used in combination)
- HDPE plastics, highly recyclable and remoulded

prototype no.10 Kamera Tong (working name)
prototype no.10 Kamera Tong, made in asli-asia
building the prototype
size comparison prototype no.1 & no.10
Taipei city, plastic-wear market, 20 litre
prototyping, sourced new/used 10 & 20 litre container
container backpacks, Kurau village, Carey Island, Selangor
Dave, Kurau river village, Carey Island, Selangor
Plastic supplies and kitchen ware, Chemor, Perak
indigenous household, Jemol village, Upper Perak
Building materials, Miri town, seaside village, Sarawak
found sample prototype, abandoned outpost, Upper Perak
Hen Rie, collector of container, Leyef village, Upper Perak
Palm oil estate, migrant worker, Upper Perak
Estate supply store, palm oil plantation, Upper Perak
Upper Perak, palm oil plantation
used HDPE container pile, Jemeri village, Rompin, Perak

29 August— Most Chatty Grandma, she just kept talking to me in every dialect i could recognise, from hakka, teo chew, kwong tong, hainan, hokkien, huar yee, 'panai ah' (pandai ah /smart ah) she said, in my most broken mandarin cantonese malay nyonya in trying to have a conversation. My recommended bundle shop for jackets from Communist China. for use in my latest camera build. I hardly negotiated, just by passing all the money i had to the cutest por por. I bought two jackets here too, back in 2014. (Kedai Kasut Sinni Enterprise) #KantaPortraits #kantaboxkamra #4Woodie #10TGbuild @ Kampung baru, sungai buloh