28 December, 2012
The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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Walking into the Artist’s Studio, visitors are amazed by what the students have accomplished in a semester-long photography course. The collective body of work exhibited is an exploration of a wide array of themes based on each student’s personal interests.

“It truly has been an invaluable practical learning experience that has taught me a lot about the creative thought process of making photography, and it’s given me an opportunity to use my creativity in countless ways which I had not considered before,” said visual studies student Jacqueline Venzon who shot pictures of hotel design and architecture.

Engaging a group of 24 students who have no prior experience in photography, Jack spent some time in the first few lessons to introduce basic theories and techniques. Yet, when it came to practical sessions, he allowed students the freedom to capture images creatively and encouraged them to communicate something about the world they co-exist in. “I hope they would at least have a greater understanding of documentary practice and how it can be a powerful and effective medium in communicating social issues,” said Jack.

Passionate about human rights and the plight of refugees, Jack introduced his recently completed documentary project “1,200 Miles: Life and Death on the Thai-Burma Border” (downloadable at: http://commons.ln.edu.hk/vs_artist_catalog/11/) to Lingnan staff and students during his residence in the first semester of 2012/13. With more than two decades of experience in documentary photography, Jack has an insatiable curiosity about people, culture and politics. “I became a documentary photographer because I felt the need to communicate issues that are steeped in social injustice,” said Jack.

Jack, an editorial and documentary photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand, has over two decades of experience working in scores of countries, including some of the world’s most dangerous places. He has received prestigious awards in photojournalism and his work has been exhibited in major national galleries worldwide.

Artworks from students are published in a photo collection entitled “Memory Traces 2012” which can also be downloaded at: http://commons.ln.edu.hk/vs_student_work/2/.