Deanna Ng is an independent documentary photographer and educator. She majored in computer science and information systems but decided to pursue photography and turned professional 6 years ago.
In 2006, the University of Missouri, USA, selected Deanna as an International Participant for the prestigious Missouri Photo Workshop. Inspired by the history of the workshop, she is interested in how photography documents changes. Photography has also been a way for her to look into other’s lives and through their lives, she hopes to understand a little more about life.
Having worked previously as a travel photographer, she prefers to see people in their daily lives and environment, particularly in Markets. Her series, Pasar: Singapore, which focuses on portraits on local hawkers, has been exhibited numerous times in Singapore. Her work on the Cambodian Market has been exhibition in the Month of Photography, Japan in 2008.
Deanna presented her first solo show during the Month of Photography Asia in 2009. A culmination of 2-year project with the Lien Foundation, Life Before Death: Journeys, gave viewers an insight into the poignant lives of terminally ill patients and their families, spending their last days together to the fullest.
In 2009, she was approached by German Development Agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), to document 20 Women in Micro-financing in Indonesia. She photographed a total of 20 women from Bank Directors to Field Officers to Microfinancing clients in over 10 Indonesian cities. Her pictures have been published in a book, titled Leaders, Lenders & Breadearners.
As an educator, she has taught in numerous schools in Singapore and been a mentor for the NAC’s Noise Apprenticeship programme in 2010. She was also involved as a judge for the Noise Photo Competition is 2009 and 2010.
Deanna was one of the nominees shorlisted for the inaugural Icon de Cordon Bleu Martell Photographer of the Year Award in 2010.