Zakaria Zainal was born and raised in Singapore in 1985, as a Malay-Muslim son in a Chinese dominated society. He makes meaning of the world through his photographs. Enticed by the visceral changes of a former monarchy’s transition to a federal republic in Nepal, he first picked up his camera.
Zakaria Zainal makes meaning of the world through his photographs. Enticed by the visceral changes of a former monarchy’s transition to a federal republic in Nepal, he first picked up his camera. His first monograph, Our Gurkhas: Singapore Through Their Eyes is an anthology of portraits and anecdotes of the retired Singapore Gurkhas as they reminisce about life in the Lion City, from the 1950s till today. Subsequently, he co-wrote The Invisible Force: Singapore Gurkhas – a continuation of his fascination for the Singapore Gurkha diaspora.
Recently, with a team, he documented the living histories of people who once lived on the islands of southern Singapore titled Island Nation.
His photographs and stories have appeared in various publications both in Singapore and Asia. He graduated from the NTU’s School of Communication, where he also teaches campus journalism. While he continues making pictures, Zakaria has been moving away from traditional documentary work to photographing closer to home – or even closer to his heart.
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Recognition, Talks & Selected Clients
2012 – Open Call. 3rd Singapore International Photography Festival. Singapore (Group).
2012 – Our Gurkhas: Singapore Through Their Eyes. Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival. Nepal (Solo).
2013 – NOMAD under SIPF, 5th Dali International Photo Festival. Yunnan, China (Group).
Selected Commercial Clients
Grundfos Singapore / Singapore Memory Project / Shinnyo-en Singapore / Methodist Welfare Services / Studiowonghuzir / Checkpoint Theatre / W!LD RICE / Schneider Electric / MAN / Lighting Planners Associates / Dragon Wealth / AR43 / Gypsied / Pictet / Fullerton Healthcare Group
Selected Editorial Clients
Le Nouvel Observateur / art4d / FT Weekend / POSKOD / Nepali Times / Republica / Singapore Architect / Caring Magazine (CGH) / Challenge / MODUS / More Space / SCMP / Kaleidoscope Media
Credits & Copyright
Photography & text by Zakaria Zainal. All images copyright © 2008-2018 Zakaria Zainal. Zainal & Zainal LLP (Reg No: T11LL1809H). All images and text on this website are property of Zakaria Zainal and are protected by international copyright laws. No images or text may be used or reproduced in any form without the written permission of Zakaria Zainal. Photographs on this website are available for collection as limited edition prints. Do get in touch in the contact form.