I could try and summarise the site but It's not really possible so heres an 'about us' quote from the site:
If you have time to take a look please do, I think It's extremely interesting.
We often think we have seen it all.
Jaded by repetitive news reports, our perspective of the world tends to be narrow and fearful. We live by stereotypes and cliches because it is easier to understand the world through a simple lens.
The Photo Essay aims to change all that.
The images you see here may surprise you, touch you, and I hope, engage you to think about the world in a new way. I have focused on stories from and about Asia, and I want these photo essays to show you an unexpected Asia.
Some stories may be new, and a few others may not be. Whatever the case, these images will bring you new perspectives. These are the personal stories of photographers who live and work in Asia.
The Photo Essay is proud to launch with two bodies of work: InsideOut is a project that puts cameras in the hands of foreign workers in Singapore and allows us to see the world through their eyes; the second, Day Off, by six Singapore-based photographers, documents how domestic workers in Singapore spend their day off.
Day Off is the brainchild of The Working Committee 2 (then named but which has since been formally registered as Transient Workers Count Too), a civil society initiative based in Singapore. The InsideOut project is spearheaded by an independant group of photographers and volunteers, in conjunction with the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.
Forget the exotica and palm trees. This is Asia, as you have never seen it before.
Rethink Asian Photography.
Here is a definition of a photo-essay
A photo essay is a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke a series of emotions in the viewer. Photo essays range from purely photographic works to photographs with captions or small notes to full text essays with a few or many accompanying photographs. Photo essays can be sequential in nature, intended to be viewed in a particular order, or they may consist of non-ordered photographs which may be viewed all at once or in an order chosen by the viewer. All photo essays are collections of photographs, but not all collections of photographs are photo essays. Photo essays often address a certain issue or attempt to capture the character of places and events. People who have undertaken photo essays include Bruce Davidson, W. Eugene Smith and Walker Evans.
A photo essay can take a number of forms, including:
- An article in a publication, sometimes a full page or a two-page spread. Newspapers and news magazines often have multi-page photo essays about significant events, both good and bad, such as a sports championship or a national disaster.
- A book or other complete publication.
- A web page or portion of a web site.
- A single montage or collage of photographic images, with text or other additions, intended to be viewed both as a whole and as individual photographs. Such a work may also fall in the category of mixed media.
- An art show which is staged at a particular time and location. Some such shows also fall in the category of installation art.
- A slide show or similar presentation, possibly with spoken text, which could be delivered on slides, on DVD, or on a web site.