Based in the sunny island of Penang in northern Malaysia, OBSCURA Festival of Photography is Malaysia’s premiere photography festival centred around storytelling through the photographic medium. An independent festival entering its 7th year, OBSCURA Festival is a platform for photographers to share their stories, messages and ideas with each other and the public in the spirit of conviviality and collaboration.

Through photography exhibitions and public engagement via artist and curator talks, OBSCURA Festival aims to bring awareness to a number of contemporary issues happening worldwide in the hopes of foster a mature, thoughtful and critical photographic community, who will form the catalyst in creating a similarly robust society. OBSCURA Festival partners with various organisations and agencies such as Goethe-Institut, The Japan Foundation and the US Embassy to bring together leading photographers and editors from around the world to give presentations, conduct masterclasses and curate exhibitions.

OBSCURA Festival is deeply committed to the nurturing of the practice and appreciation of photography in the Southeast Asian region through education in the form of photography masterclasses and workshops conducted by some of the most esteemed working photographers and editors today. Since 2013, OBSCURA Festival had conducted masterclasses and workshops to over 200 participants around the world, and it’s free-to-attend portfolio reviews are a highly anticipated event.

Obscura Festival

OBSCURA Festival of Photography