Ian Teh

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


British, 1971

Ian Teh has published three monographs, Undercurrents (2008), Traces (2011) and Confluence (2014). His work is part of the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the Hood Museum in the USA. Selected solo shows include the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York in 2004, Flowers in London in 2011 and the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam in 2012.

Ian has received several honours, including the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography in 2014 and the Emergency Fund from the Magnum Foundation in 2011. In 2013, he was selected by the Open Society Foundations to exhibit in New York at the Moving Walls Exhibition. In 2015, during the COP21 Paris climate talks, large poster images of his work were displayed on the streets of Paris as part of a collaborative initiative by #Dysturb and the Magnum Foundation.

Ian is one of the co-exhibitors of an environmental group show of internationally acclaimed photographers - Coal + Ice - curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas. It was recently exhibited at the Official Residence of the US Ambassador to France during COP21 and was also shown in Shanghai.

Ian’s work has been published internationally in distinguished magazines such as TIME, The New Yorker, GEO and Granta. Since 2013, he has exhibited as well as conducted masterclasses at Obscura Festival of Photography, Malaysia’s premier photo festival. In 2014 he gave a masterclass during the Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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the most arid regions reinforced the need for drastic action.

Australian healthcare company Ansell is the world’s second biggest condom manufacturer and its Thai factory, based in the southern city of Surat Thani, is its most productive site, churning out over 1 billion units a year.

This level of consumption is the result of the ‘green revolution’ put into action under the Suharto dictatorship from the 70s to the 90s.

Ian Teh follows in the footsteps of Jane Austen, one of Britain’s most revered novelists whose stories and characters continue to live on in films and the places sje based her stories around.

Hindu and Buddhist cultures imported from India dominated its early history for centuries.

Facing Singapore across the Straits of Johor is one of Malaysia’s most impressive development project – the Iskandar Development Region consisting of shopping complexes, a theme park, ample housing and a new harbour.

Gaping sinkholes in the pavement reveal the sewer beneath, exhaling into the tropical air.

Merging Boundaries is a 1,000 kilometre road-trip along the Sino-Russian-North Korean border, undertaken in several stages between 2000 and 2007.

Ian Teh sallies forth on a journey around the coastline of Britain.

This project explores the industrial hinterlands of four remote provinces in northern China: Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Shanxi and Shaanxi.

The attire of the guests is influenced by pre-war, post-war and even Mardi Gras styles.

The recent economic meltdown and the resulting global recession has made a nonsense of this trust and I am left with an acute awareness of my own apathy.

The Three Gorges Dam project, first conceived by Mao in the 1970s and due for completion in 2006, is an extraordinary feat of engineering.

Ian Teh and Wang Wei explore the ever-changing urban landscape of Beijing.

China’s economy is exploding, and it is one built on coal: Coal for power, coal for steel, coal for cement.