Minut Init was founded on the 10th November 2010 by Dali Abdul Azis and James Ly with the intention of diversifying the artistic climate of Malaysia. Minut Init represents a select group of artists from the obscure to the esteemed, committed to introducing art from all mediums and in all media, who sees art as a platform for experimentation and a means of interaction with society.
A couple of months ago, after attending one of many photography exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur, I realize and thought to myself wouldn’t it be cool to have a Mobile Photography-only exhibition? Looking at the increasing number of family portraits and travel photos taken with mobile/smart phones, I’m sure some of them are “gallery-worthy”. As camera phone technology advances (i.e. Nokia N8’s 12-megapixel camera) and the rising popularity of photo-sharing apps (i.e. Instagram) I wanted to see if they could match professional photography work at established galleries.
On June 18th, TinPix sent out calls for submission to friends who are fellow mobile photographers (later dubbed as ‘mophogs’) and people whose work we’ve been following, who later spread the news online. One month and over 40 entries later, 25 mophogs were chosen. Overwhelmed by their amazing work, they came from mixed backgrounds and professions; artist, lawyer, designer, student, accountant, restaurant owner, copywriter, activist, journalist, lecturer, system analyst along with professional photographers, musicians, filmmakers, even a magician.
On July 29th, ‘Made In Phones’ KL’s first mobile photography exhibition was held at MinutInit Gallery in Damansara Uptown. There were 378 work displayed from photos to digital artwork all shot, edited, manipulated on mobile phones. All printed work looked more vibrant presented in large-sized, photo paper. There were also 10 international short films and music videos screened at the event. By popularity the devices used were iPhone, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Blackberry and Sony Ericsson.
At the open day there were meet and greet the mophogs sessions, mobile photography talks by Prakash Daniel and Aga Dhiyaulhaq on history, current state of mobile photography, photo-taking tips and apps, before Q&A and engaging discussion with the attendees. Behance Malaysia joined the event and had their 4th creative group meetup that was lead by Muid Latif. Thanks to Public Pantry we were served delicious snacks and refreshments during the event.
All in all, the event was a humble success, with an estimate of 250 patrons attending the 3-day free event. Their reception and feedback were very encouraging, overwhelming support that fuelled TinPix to organize more such events in the future. The group will have activities in the coming weeks i.e. meetup and mobile-photo walks, etc. Anyone with a camera phone is encouraged to join us on facebook.com/tinpix or follow twitter.com/tinpix for activity updates, mobile photography related info or just drop by and say Hello :)