jonathan tan
is a photographer


Warp & weft is an exploration of (both) the points of intersection and space between documentary photography and art through collaboration, existing in and expanding beyond the limit of photography. It attempts to resist the voyeuristic eye through employing a participatory approach with the subjects. 

portrait
noun
/ˈpɔːtrət,ˈpɔːtreɪt/
  1. a painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person, especially one depicting only the face or head and shoulders.
  2. a representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film or television."the writer builds up a fascinating portrait of a community"


document
noun
/ˈdɒkjʊm(ə)nt/
  1. a piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record.


The photographer explores novel ways to photograph the subject and abstract
the portraits and documents as a means to capture narratives or even ideas belonging of/to the subjects. The results are of play, chance, dialogue, & experiments and moves to change our conception of making a portrait and document. Expanding beyond traditional documentary lenses and even photography methods, both in capturing and presentation of the image.

Each project has been initiated by the photographer, and subjects are invited to ideate and collaborate within all parts of the process. Photographs made and displayed are combinations and/or permutations of (but not limited to) :
(1) images taken by the photographer,
(2) images taken by the subject,
(3) images sourced from the subject's archive,
(4) re-photographs — images made by either the photographer and/or the subjects are photographed again (likely in a different method)
(5) images taken by the photographer, manipulated by the subject.

In doing so, the role of the photographer is being challenged, deconstructed, perhaps rendered irrelevant, and forced to take on new meaning.

This is an ongoing project with an expanding profile of individuals, with expanding surface within each portrait.


supported by


Artists as subjects
Adil Arsad.
Johann Yamin.
Victoria Hertel.
Pallavi Gupta.
in progress.
Noah & Ilysia.
in progress.
Caroline Chin.
in progress.
Nicholas See.

in progress.