THE people behind online magazine Peoplesiris on Instagram are inviting the public to explore the lesser-known side of Ipoh through their upcoming photography exhibition, Ipoh Revisited 2018.
The exhibition, to be soft-launched today at 4pm, features 30 photographs taken by 12 photographers from Ipoh, Perlis and Kuala Lumpur who have a different story to tell about Ipoh.
Peoplesiris representative Ahmad Zarief, 24, said the aim of the exhibition was to tell the stories of what Ipoh was truly like.
“Today, Ipoh is more well-known as a food haven because when tourists come here, the first thing they will look for is food.
“We want to tell them that we are more than that.
“Ipoh has a lot of beautiful architecture, scenery and culture and we want to portray different sides of Ipoh to the public,” he told a press conference here on Thursday.
Ahmad said the exhibition would feature work by young and aspiring photographers for two weeks until Jan 31.
“Apart from the exhibition, there will also be other activities including music performances, talks by a freelance journalist and a photography lecturer.
“Of course, those who are interested in any of the photographs on display during the exhibition are welcome to buy them too as they are also for sale,” he said.
One of the photographers, Nafisa Nasrullah, 20, said her shot of the Ipoh Railway Station would be featured in the exhibition.
“I chose this location because it is an important building in Ipoh.
“I like that they still kept its colonial design instead of renovating it.
“The building makes a great subject to photograph because people can see there is a lot of history and stories behind it,” she said.
Nafisa, who plans to pursue a degree in filmmaking soon, said her friends encouraged her to take part in the exhibition.
“Although I am relatively new to the field, I love photography.
“I am happy that my photograph was selected to be on display.
“I think it will be a good opportunity for me to gain some exposure as well,” she said.
Another photographer Farhana Sani, 20, said her photograph of a frail old woman stood out because of how unforgettable the woman was.
“When I took this shot last year, I found out that she could not really speak in Bahasa Malaysia.
“In what little words she knew, I learned that the last time she remembered her age was when she was 88.
“So she could be a few years older than that,” she said, adding that she met the woman in Tronoh.
Farhana said she was drawn to take part in the exhibition because of the theme in telling stories of people.
“It was great because I love taking photos of people,” she said.
The exhibition will be held at the Peace Be Upon You retail store and gallery owned by event co-organiser Muhammad Adam Jalaludin at 146A, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah in Ipoh.