Art & The City: “Up Your Alley” by The Print Room KL

Updated on January 8 2015

Street photography is a much-talked about genre of photography, but not many know the actual techniques and characteristics that make up this skilled approach — less so when you are shooting entirely on analogue and relying on darkroom processing to recreate the scenes on paper.

Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just about heading out and snapping what you see, it takes patience, opportunity and the ability to see more than just a street scene. It can be indicative of an area, a way of life, or a personal take on an otherwise ordinary scene. Ten photographers set out to interpret and define their own take on street photography.

The exhibition

The Print Room KL will be exhibiting works from a group of professional and emerging photographers, each of whom tackle the questions surrounding this hotly debated subject. Whether there is interaction with their subjects, whether the physical space captured should be left open to the viewer’s interpretation and whether the presence of people or even their absence can be seen as street photography are all considerations that have been addressed throughout.

Street photography is a hotly debated topic and one that many have tried to define. (Photograph by Linda Chin)

The photographers

Photographers from Malaysia and as far afield as England all contribute to this exhibition. Each will be displaying the moments they have captured, some candid, some thought provoking and some insightful, on the walls of The Print Room KL resulting in a lively and exciting exhibition.

The works are both candid and thought-provoking. (Photograph by Shareem Amry)

Photographers have roamed their own cities, and explored unknown ones at all hours of the day and night looking for their moments. Each of the different photographers brings with it very clear examples of the differences in technique and style that come with the territory of shooting, processing and hand printing their own works, with some promising additions coming from the latest batch of students at The Print Room KL.

The exhibition will be launching on the 6 September until the 19 October and is open weekends from 2pm until 7pm.

The Print Room KL, 49 Lorong 16/9E, Seksyen 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 46350, +60 3 7931 2227,

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Keirsten Clark left urban commuting, frosty mornings and chilly evenings of the UK behind for sunnier climes. She is a cake freak and loves to run -- everywhere. Follow her on Twitter @keirsten for updates on all things geeky and content related.