After reading a magazine article in his teens about National Geographic photographers and photojournalists, mortgage broker Andrew Tan says he fell in love with photography. He received his first SLR camera back then and has been taking photographs ever since.
Inspired by photographers such as Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, David LaChapelle and, more recently, Stephen Shore, Tan says he produces photographic art that focuses mainly on street photography and images of urban spaces and architecture.
“For me, photography is important because it’s a form of art. It allows me to express my creativity, to create an image and add my interpretation to it,” Tan says. “I enjoy it because it allows me to explore my imagination with my camera, to tell a story and share a moment.”
Over the years Tan has entered several competitions. He was a finalist in the ‘In the Shadows’ exhibition at the Victorian Archives Centre, and his work was featured in the Linden Postcard Show 2020 and published in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale photobook Mass Isolation Australia.