Sajeev and Seeja operate a photograph studio that is covered from roof to flooring in images of the clients – young kids, ladies and lots of, a lot of men, posing against elaborately painted backdrops or Photoshop-ed into scenic landscapes. It’s a tiny but busy studio that could be typical, also unworthy of notice, in many metropolises and tier II metropolitan areas in Asia into the ’90s and 2000s; many still continue steadily to get passport photographs and family portraits made at such studios.
Why is Sajeev and Seeja’s enterprise be noticeable is its location and clientele: in Singapore’s minimal Asia, the studio attracts numerous migrant men – especially Indians and Bangladeshis – who’re seeking to get photographs of by themselves to deliver to potential brides back. The studio, and something of their consumers Patha, may be the focus of Bhutanese filmmaker Zuki Juno Tobgye’s documentary looking for spouses.
It’s as if portraits of customers act as the wallpaper with this studio
We meet Zuki at a little theater in Thimphu, Bhutan, immediately after her movie ended up being screened to a loaded audience, in a session which was element of Mountain Echoes 2019’s itinerary. Continue reading