PETALING JAYA: The spirit of Malaysia is captured through the lens of photojournalists in an enthralling series of 54 photos that immortalise some of the country's most significant moments.
The vivid snapshots, which showcase Malaysia's growth and development in the last four decades, form Galeri Petronas' latest photo exhibition titled “Capturing Malaysia Through the Years 40 Years of Press Photography”.
The photographs, which include stunning shots of a triumphant Nicol David clutching the Women's World Open Squash Championship trophy; and a black and white shot of Sudirman's last concert before he fell ill in 1991, are classified into four categories newsmakers, arts and society, sports, and conflicts and disasters.
Describing the photos as compelling, thought-provoking and nostalgic, Petronas corporate strategic planning vice-president Md Arif Mahmood said the exhibition offered invaluable insights into Malaysia's history and growth through the eyes of photojournalists.
“Essentially, the individuals behind the lens are masterminds who convey many important messages and realities in a simple yet artistic manner,” he said during the exhibition's launch on Wednesday, paying tribute to press photographers.
Md Arif said the exhibition was part of Petronas' ongoing corporate social responsibility efforts to develop a holistic Malaysian society through the platforms of art appreciation and related educational programme.
“At Galeri Petronas, we are privileged to hold such a prestigious exhibition, which not only represents Petronas' continuous efforts in supporting, creating and promoting accessible platforms of expression for the Malaysian art fraternity, but also creatively documents the story of Malaysia's development,” he said.
The photographs were selected from The Star's recently released photo book, Hotshots, which is a compilation of news images by its photographers.
Hotshots was released in conjunction with The Star's 40th anniversary celebrations.
The photo exhibition is open to the public at Galeri Petronas, Suria KLCC until March 18.
A series of programmes is open to the public during the exhibition period, including a walk-through with curator Angeline Chong, and photography and school holi-day workshops.
For registration and further information, contact Rofiah Sulaiman at 03-23311228 or e-mail email@example.com. Seats are limited.
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