Studio Workshop Move

it'll take a few months before the studio workshop will be operational again. But to more space and dedicated area, bye bye sri hartamas, hello studio workshop KL.


Art for grabs: Laundromat Love, PJ

KANTA portraits last Photo Session for the year with Art For Grabs: Laundromat of Love, collecting portraits & fund-raising for next trips to #KantaBorneo and #KantaTaiwan. Selling off my film camera collection too, to purchase a lightweight 8x10 field camera, replacing the heavy 10x12 for field work. *only 1 camera will be available #1interchange for the session. Maps and some prints will be on display. (An instant portraits service printed on Silver Gelatin paper).

Art For Grabs: Laundromat of Love


Reference; 8x10 field camera builds

The potential of printing large portraits is great, although 10x12" is not the best size for photopaper (need to get 20x24" cut down by hand), and weight limit on flights (to rural interiors of 20kg). This makes it almost impossible to bring along as support camera for studio setup. No time to build own lightweight update, so it's best to look into acquiring lightweight 8x10 field camera, replacing the heavy 10x12 for certain field work.

WoodyMan 8x10"- France
810€ (RM4,000)
Caractéristiques techniques
Poids : 3,3kg
Matériaux : peuplier-bouleau, aluminium, visserie inox-plastique
Extension : 69 mm / 600 mm
Mouvements :
front tilt : uniquement limité par le soufflet
front swing : uniquement limité par le soufflet
front shift : -/+65mm
Rise : 75 mm
Fall : 60 mm
Back tilt : -/+ 30°
Back swing : -/+ 20°
Dimensions du boîtier fermé :
Longueur : 365mm
Largeur : 315 mm / 360 mm (avec les boutons)
Hauteur : 99,5 mm
Dimensions de la planchette objectif : planchette Sinar
Diamètre du trou : Copal 3 ou sur mesure (inclus)
Montage trépied : 2 trous de fixation 3/8″ + adaptateur 1/4″
/!\ Le boitier est fourni sans objectif. /!\
/!\ Photos non contractuelles, de par sa fabrication artisanale, le produit peut différé.  /!\

woodyman- france
woodyman- france

woodyman- france

woodyman- france

Intrepid 8x10"- England
£480 (RM2,700)
Max bellows extension: 560mm
Min bellows extension: 60mm
Max Front Rise/Fall: + 70mm / - 60mm
Max Front Shift: +/- 60mm
Max Front Tilt +/- 50º
Max Front Swing +/- 50º
Rear Tilt - 35º / + 90º
Folded Dimensions: 295x295x75 mm
Weight: 2.15Kg / 4.7lb
Sinar lens board compatible
Tripod Mount 1/4” and 3/8”
The camera comes with a high quality ground glass screen with a 1/2” Grid
All the cameras are lovingly made by hand in our little workshop in Brighton on the south coast.

Intrepid 8x10"- England
Intrepid 8x10"- England

Intrepid 8x10"- England
Intrepid 8x10"- England


Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017

Kanta Portrait wall 2014-2017, the first piece I've made of the project. I have been working on this concept for a couple of years now, collecting cans (i've eaten most of it), but in the last 3 weeks before i left for Taiwan, i had to complete this in a mad rush. This panel consists of 67 cans, portraits of 85 people, taken from 2014 to 2017 in Malaysia, from the Northern Belum forest, to East Malaysia of people from all around Borneo. There is a deeper discourse, but i'll leave it as it is, visually. The exhibit is up from today till the 31st March 2018. So catch it when you can.

Jeffrey JC Lim / Dinding Potret Kanta 2014-2017
Hand-print on Silver Resin Coated paper, aluminium & steel food cans, bottle caps, mounted on oxidised zinc panel / 1975 x 503 x 135 mm / 2017 (67 cans, 85 people)



Dinding Potret Kanta 2014-2017

Jeffrey JC Lim / Dinding Potret Kanta 2014-2017  
Hand-print on Silver Resin Coated paper, aluminium & steel food cans, bottle caps, mounted on oxidised zinc panel / 1975 x 503 x 135 mm / 2017

A collection of portraits of the people of Malaysia. It is an attempt at a typological study of identity through portraiture. Cataloguing the diversity, Jeffrey Lim is exploring and understanding the realities of the socio-circumstances with his subjects, especially among the native & tribal society. As a juxtapose to the definition of nationally-constructed ideals of race and culture, he sees cultural identity changing fast, exerting and redefining itself at these areas of conflict.

Kanta Portraits is a photography project. The artist has built simple box cameras that can print instantly. Simply put, it is a mobile photo studio, made from waste & found materials, the size of a biscuit tin. The uniqueness is in the image, which is a silverprint that is chemically-processed immediately at the point of capture and given to the subject. The project is still on-going, currently exploring rural communities of Borneo. Researching and understanding the anthropology and ethnography similarities and link of Malaysia to the region and beyond.

  1. Perewa Muda, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  2. Sabir, Badera, Nawal Parasi, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  3. June Tan, Kuala Lumpur, 2016
  4. Mastupang Somoi, Kg Sungai Eloi, Sabah, 2017
  5. Shareena Ibrahim, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  6. Ili Sulaiman & Avinesh Kutty, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  7. Poodien, Kuala Lumpur. 2017
  8. Luqman Hakim, Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  9. Suzieyana & Haslinda, Kg Mengkapur, Sri Jaya, Pahang, 2016
  10. Rezzuan Tajudin, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  11. Ismail, Kg Mengkapur, Sri Jaya, Pahang, 2016
  12. Jo Kukathas / Curry Spice, Kuala Lumpur / London, 2017
  13. Rahim bin Undok, Kg Sungai Eloi, Sabah, 2017
  14. Tikio, Alab Lanas, Sabah, 2017
  15. Mahen Bala, Kuantan, 2017
  16. Alice & Rachael Acker, Boston, 2017
  17. Aiman Arif, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  18. Yaakob, Belum Forest, Perak, 2015
  19. Foo Chi Wei, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  20. Wan Eng, Long Umang Apok, Sarawak, 2017
  21. Amchamadevi & children, Semarak, Malaysia, 2017
  22. Sharaad Kuttan, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  23. Aedewan Adnan, Shah Alam, Selangor, 2015
  24. Rico, Zico & Rizo Leong, Ranau and Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  25. Zurina & child, Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  26. Janet Pillai, Kuala Lumpur, 2016
  27. Paulina Fernandes, Subang Jaya, 2015
  28. Salomah Uluh, Kg Sungai Eloi, Sabah, 2017
  29. Qishin Tariq, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  30. Joey, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  31. Shen-Tel, Kuching, Sarawak, 2016
  32. Julienne & Jane, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  33. Bedul bin Chemai, Kg Jemeri, Pahang, 2017
  34. Cassandra Albanus, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 2017
  35. Liyana Fizi, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  36. Adeline Tan, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  37. Safia Hanifah, Aiman Asmawar & Siti Farrah, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  38. Lost contact, Bowerhaus, Kuala Lumpur, 2016
  39. Zikri Rahman, Sg, Buloh, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  40. Jessie Justin, Kg Kiau, Kota Belud, Sabah, 2017
  41. Yusri Ahon, Kg Simgai Mai, Jerantut, Pahang, 2017
  42. Maria Lasimbang, Penampang, Sabah, 2017
  43. Nurul Aizam & Ridhwan Saidi, Alam Budiman, 2017
  44. Fraja Béha, Around the World, 2017
  45. Melson Elit, Kg. Putaton Inobong, Penampang, Sabah, 2017
  46. Pingling Yeoh, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  47. Yoyo & Cat, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  48. Ieranie, Kg Rantai Bundu, Sabah, 2017
  49. Andrew & family, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  50. Yebek, Nenek Bebe a/p Saman, Kg Mengkapur, Sri Jaya, Pahang, 2016
  51. Amery & family, Petaling Jaya, 2017
  52. Anita Ahmad, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  53. Ronnie Khoo, Kuala Lumpur, 2014
  54. Karleng Lim, Melbourne, 2015
  55. Si Siew, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  56. Sia Ngedau, Long Kerong, Sarawak, 2017
  57. Mohd Nazmi Rahimi, Miri, 2017
  58. Ne Neem, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  59. Mung ta, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  60. Hanis Farisa, Bangi, 2015
  61. Sr. Patricia Limun, Keningau, 2017
  62. Nor Sugie, Kg Gentes, Perak, 2017
  63. Karl Rafiq Nadzarin, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  64. Ng Su Ann, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  65. Malik Taufiq, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  66. Diwa Tharan, Malaysia, 2015
  67. Daniel Putra & Nasruddin, Kuala Lumpur, 2017

Kanta Portraits Artpiece

Finally put the finishing touches to a concept for a collection of portraits. Would be years in the thinking, making and development of the first conceptual piece on Kanta.

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been quiet but have been busy putting this together. Trying hard to balance four major projects due this month itself, this being one of them. A collection of portraits from 2014 to 2017, huge effort to put this together. catch it at KL Biennale coming November. (had to unwrap for *Condition Report! now that's what it meant)

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Collection by Balai Seni, professionally examined, and signed off on, wrapped. It's out of the studio.

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Dinding Potret Kanta 2014-2017 gets hung today at Balai Seni Negara. Sorting out list of names... is taking me awhile!

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exploring & researching, many papers & studies point towards north, our anthropological trail, and Taiwan is one such place. A pilot trip in November, meeting & researching, hopefully setting some pretext and deeper understanding


IN THE NEWS; Nikkei Asian Review

Old-style box-camera portraits intrigue Malaysians– Photographer's pinhole pictures capture the heart and soul of the country by CAROLYN HONG, Contributing writer, Nikkei Asian Review

KUALA LUMPUR -- Observers could be forgiven for wondering why graphic designer and artist Jeffrey Lim lugs an old oil tin around with him. In an age of super-slim camera phones, it is far from obvious that Lim's tin is a combination camera and darkroom.

Lim, a youthful 39-year-old, has been travelling around Malaysia since 2014 to take photographs of people in market places and villages. "It is really as simple as light through a pinhole falling onto paper coated with silver," he said.



Obsolete (?) talk & demonstration

With billions of images being made and shared digitally every day, and photographic equipment increasingly reliant on software and computing power, are traditional image-making methods still relevant?

In conjunction with No Man's Land, an Antarctic photography exhibition currently hosted in Balai Seni Negara (BSN), artists Mahen Bala, Jeffrey Lim and Dr. Azril Ismail are conducting a workshop and sharing session on analogue photography.

Analogue processes in photography explores the intimate and direct relationship between the person, the proces, and the outcome. The physicality and modality of these analogue processes allow the practitioners to modify, adapt, and experiment with various elements to produce new perspectives on a familiar object.

Mahen Bala will start the session with a short presentation on the extreme challenges faced by the early photographers in Antarctica and how their works have survived the century and is
being revisited today.

K. Azril Ismail will be sharing his experience in 19th century photographic processes. He will demonstrate the many steps that fo into making a wet plate using collodion.

Jeffrey Lim will be demonstrating how 'anything' can be turned into a camera, provided the practitioner has a full grasp of the fundamental principles of light, optics and photo-chemistry.


Travelling Bag for 2 Cameras

120L bag & trolley system, capable of transporting #1interchange & #5elecamm about 25kg total

30" hardshell, RM 290+ got this one instead
120L expended
foldable trolley


REPAIRED; Sekonic L-308DC light meter

my Sekonic light meter has returned from Japan's factory. Cost me bout RM 200 shipping in total, repair is under warranty, now I have 2 light meters


WORKSHOP: Arus Maker Education Workshop

17 Sept, 3pm will be holding a workshop in collaboration with Huda XD Arus on the magic of photography. Building simple camera obscura and experiencing image making. Only meant for School Kids, but I think open to public too. MDEC KL Convention Centre



TALK: Pecha Kucha

Coming 7th Sept, I'll be giving a Pecha Kucha talk, pretty quick 6 minutes on the KANTA portraits project. For the first time, I'll be sharing a few intimate details of my personal journey with identity and how i found myself through making portraits. #KantaBorneo is still ongoing, i'll share a few notes on that too. I'll do a demonstration after too.

prints of the organisers

hakin does a selfie

with the organisers

presentation slide


Hari Hasanah

Coming September, #KantaPortraits will be giving #FreePortraits during Hari Hasanah. With support from Yayasan Hasanah


Art for grabs: Book fest, Publika

#KantaPortraits floor setup, three cameras, #1interchange #4woodie #5elecamm. With new inclusion of #instudio25 artworks stall of prints & other produce. Assistant Bronz, and visit from the only other box camera practitioner in Malaysia @nurulhudamr. Managed to get a few shots of the booth before it gets chaotic #KantaBoxKamra raising funds for going to Taipei for proposal meetings & return to #KantaBorneo! thank you so many for the support! I lost count of f how many, maybe alot of misses, but a few good prints I hope.


IN THE NEWS: The Focus Widens

The Focus Widens (print 12 August 2017)
Photographer captures Sabah and Sarawak with an unusual camera (online 21 August 2017)
by Qishin Tariq, The Star Newspaper. I missed the article, thanks for pointing it out Huda.



#KantaBorneo Miri & Keningau

2nd excursion Miri, Keningau #KantaBorneo visiting Miri, Sarawak and Keningau, Sabah. Just locked down the dates (begin Aug) My first to Sarawak, through Miri. Heading down south west, meeting Teachers and making demonstrations along the way. If we're lucky, join in a Tamu or visit some longhouses too. Huda as my guide. Keningau through JOAS/ PAKOS for Hari Orang Asal/ Indigenous People day #KantaBoxKamra #KantaPortraits #instudio25


South of Miri

Southwest of Kota Kinabalu


Presentation: Realities Asian Photography Month

Kanta Portraits– Realities Asian Photography Month July 2017
autoplay presentation of 3 minutes, audio was required, exported as video file! first time i've ever prepared a presentation like so, i must be so obsolete.


Foma photo papers

14 Jul
#20x24 #foma photo paper, testing out a different brand, still RC paper #resincoated but included some FB paper #fiberbased to test some positive prints #kantaportraits #kantaboxkamra #instudio25 thanks Foma Malaysia

13 Jul
tonight's pickup, foma from Chech Rep. testing out other alternative from an independent distributor Foma Malaysia! tomorrow expecting delivery for #20x24



IN THE MEDIA; Meet your Makers

short video on 'Meet your Makers' featuring the building aspect of the cameras. shot during the recent exhibition where i've set up the biggest build so far #7BilikObscura. great chance that they were there to document it! thanks Daily Rojak team!


Build; Shelf/ worktable

new shelf & table unit for kanta. the fourth shelving work table I have for the project. I need more shelves


New stock arrives

new fresh stock arrives, replenish my old "expired" "discounted-price" stock. RM$2,000++ worth of photo chemicals & papers, and I still haven't bought #20x24 for my large prints! (that's another 2grand!) no more cheap rates, people of KL, sorry :( also this means I've done more than a thousand prints! that's perhaps 500 portraits #KantaPortraits ok it's getting very serious now!
10 boxes 3.5 x 5.5" (100pc) RC gloss about RM 800
1 box 20 x 24" (15pc) FB art paper RM900
5 liter MultiDev RM200
5 liter Ilfo fix RM200


BUILD #7BilikObscura

Taking down the room camera


<picture caption> the insides of camera #7BilikObscura wet bench on the left, 'dry' bench on the right

12 June; KANTA exhibition ended yesterday; taking down of camera #7BilikObscura #20x24 #16x20, biggest camera-build I've attempted. Thank you to the many apprentices for the support, the journey of learning through doing and the many people who came and sat through patiently, experiencing the process together. Need to make some improvements and upgrade some processes, but overall it is a success #KantaPortraits #KantaBoxKamra #instudio25

11 June; One of the kind print, what I call the #firstsheet. One of my oldest designer colleague & good friend, Alex. I use expired paper, for one reason that they're cheaper (struggling artist), but another important aspect, the papers have unique characters and effects, silver have 'crystalised' and in this case, stuck to the plastic bag being the first sheet in the bag, giving interesting streaking patterns to the print. Camera #7bilikobscura #16x20 #kantaboxkamra #kantaportraits @instudio25 #photography #bwphotography #Repost @huwe

11 June; Was only able to do 5 demonstrations a day on the weekend, and sometimes by chance we have an open slot, or it just so happens, time allows us to meet. As random as Kuala Lumpur is, we all have stories and the more we share with each other, we find we have so much in common. Have a conversation Malaysia.

#REPOST @lilyjamaflyTime moves in circles. Old styles come back in fashion. The same mistakes are made over and over again to teach the same lessons. And our own faces tend to repeat themselves.

As we took this photo, my mom told us about the last time she saw a camera like this. In the 1960s the government deployed photographers to little kampungs around the country to take IC photos for the "first" Malaysians, fresh out of independence.

Thank you Jeffrey @instudio25 and the Kanta box team for taking this lovely portrait of us! I'm in love with it. And grateful that you managed to squeeze us in on your last day. #kantaboxkamra #KantaPortraits

11 June; "This is your radiance." He said the camera, this paper, alkaline and acidic solutions work together to capture your radiance and the light around you. Because science proves that all humans emit light. It is a collaboration.

Making this photograph was a magical experience. Jeffrey and his team talked me through every second of sitting down keeping my eyes and head in the direction we've chosen, staying still, conserving energy to hold one moment absolutely still. In that moment, against all posing ideas, my entire body decided to burst into a toothy grin. And the moment was gone. We went into the dark room and Jeffrey used his gloved hands to make a portrait out of paper while narrating how every step of bathing the paper and exposing it to light would bring my past moment to life.

This entire experience made me more conscious of who I am versus how I want to be seen.

Thank you Jeffrey and team, for your knowledge in this art and patiently working with me to achieve this photograph. Today is the final day for you to have this experience at Urbanscape House. Wait in line. #Repost @melizarani #kantaportraits #Kantaboxkamra

pic from faizul
demonstration on saturday
Danial, youngest sitter

preparing Meliza for portrait
image inside the camera

11 June; Instant portraits with Camera #7BilikObscura, a demonstration and walk through of the process, never had so many people inside my camera, and the youngest sitter ever, 6 month old Daniel #kantaportraits #Kantaboxkamra pics from various participants, thank you for the support

justin close up
preparation for close up

10 June; 10 June; #KantaPortraits with #7BilikObscura #roomcamera making portraits of @iamjustinlim #Kantaboxkamra #instudio25build thanks to @liankianlik for the pics!

first test run
room camera team

print caption; test prints, close focus cropped face (1st test), mid shot (3rd test), full body standing (2nd test)

7 June; Camera #7bilikobscura #20x24 our first successful test run. need some refinements but the print is awesome. thanks to the team work of Bronz, Ramizah, Ken, and Kanta/ Kamra operator loading assistant Nurul Huda. at the moment needs minimum of 2 to operate, I'm gonna try a procedure with only 1 operator. People have asked, Open for public, trial run portrait price at RM180. limited runs per day

7 June; camera #7bilikobscura full body portraits, something I've not worked with, probably cause of space constraints and lighting!, but with the #20x24 camera, it's a thing of beauty, here are 2 test I've taken so far. every shot is a first for me to solve and overcome, and it's been a pleasure to work with! managed to create a safe curtain so the #roomcamera can be operated by a single person! achievement unlocked! haha, literally a walk-in camera, my kinda studio

9 June– fully operational

6 June setup
1st sitter with print

2nd print
2 person print


6 June; say hello to camera build #7BilikObscura / #roomcamera the largest I've built so far. did 3 successful test prints. turned out amazing. abit more complex in terms of operations, but fundamentals are the same #Kantaboxkamra #kantaportraits exhibition

9 June; Camera build #7BilikObscura biggest I've built so far. Making negative exposures at #20x24 inches. Only around for the next few days, not sure when I'll get the chance to ever do it again. Catch it in action over the weekend, and if you'd really like an instant-portrait (you'll need to catch me at a good time). Trial run period RM180 #kantaportraits #Kantaboxkamra

2 June; Say hello to camera build #7BilikObscura (Room Obscura), name inspired from my old blog on darkroom http://www.bilikobscura.blogspot.com will be building a room-sized camera capable of shooting at 20x24" #kantaportraits #kantaboxkamra #bilikobscura will build and do a test print on Tuesday 6th June #cameraroom #20x24

31 May; will be attempting a build, room-sized camera, dubbed Bilik Obscura after my old blogspot http://bilikobscura.blogspot.my/

it will be my 7th build, featuring the 486mm projector lens and a painter's easel. It can print up to 20 x 24" for now as that's the limitations of the photo paper that i can get hold of now.