Biography: Tan Ngiap Heng


Tan Ngiap Heng has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering and a doctorate in nonlinear dynamics, both from University College London. His first move into the arts was undertaking a one-year certificate in dance from the London Contemporary Dance School. After he returned to Singapore, he worked for the Singapore Arts Centre (now known as Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay), where he photographed performing arts groups for the Arts Magazine. His clients expanded to other arts groups and organisations, and eventually he expanded his business to wedding photography and then commercial portrait photography. His commercial clients include Deutsche Bank, NTUC Income and the National University of Singapore.

Ngiap Heng has always retained his close relationship with the arts scene. He was the resident photographer for the Singapore Dance Theatre in 2007 and 2008, and his work was exhibited and published in Dance Me Through The Dark: The Photography Of Tan Ngiap Heng (2009). In 2012 he helped to found Photovoice SG, an organisation that runs participatory photographic workshops for fringe communities.

In 2007 Ngiap Heng won an international photography award, and one of his photographs for Singapore Dance Theatre was on the cover of Dance Europe. In 2008, his dance photography for Keppel Corporation’s calendar was accepted for the Photo District News Annual. His dance photography has also been exhibited at the Fotoseptiembre Photo Festival in San Antonio, Texas. Ngiap Heng was the Early Entry award winner of the One Life: International Photography competition 2012, and a nominee for Singapore’s prestigious ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu award in 2013.