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Bob Lee

The Fat Farmer, Editorial and Commercial Photographer

Bachelor of Art (Design), 2000

Design & Media

Industry Experience

Bob landed his first job as a graphic designer after graduation and subsequently entered the newsroom as a photojournalist. His background in design was very useful during his years in the newsroom, as he could compose his news or feature photos with the page layout in mind, working seamlessly with the sub-editors to create visually impactful news pages.

Bob has worked as photojournalist for Lianhe Zaobao and My Paper for 10 years before he left the newsroom in 2011. He started his own photography business to pursue his interests and to spend more time with his autistic son.

Besides working on commercial projects, Bob actively uses his skills to bring social issues to light and he had shared his experience at TEDx Singapore on How I teach photography to the blind. His projects include: “One Room Flat”, which highlighted the living conditions of elderly in rental flats; “Have a Little Faith” documented the cultural practices of the Sikh and Jewish communities in Singapore, while his third book “Curiocity” featured works taken using the Holga toy camera, aptly summed up his approach to photography: that you do not need an expensive digital camera to take good photographs.

His most recent works involve fulfilling the Last Wish for terminally ill patients. By taking family portraits for these patients, he hoped to create happy memories for them as they walked their final journey in life.


Notable awards include the Gold Award in the Best in Feature Photography category in the IFRA Asia Media Awards 2008, the Jurors’ Choice in the Philip Morris Arts Award 2005 and Honorable Mentions in both The International Photography Awards in 2007 and Prix de la Photographie of Paris in 2009. Bob also won the Top Award in ClickArt: World Photojournalist Meet for ‘Behind the Scenes’ category.

To date, he has published four photography books and held two solo photography exhibitions.