Trans Asia Photography new website, new issue

New Website & New Issue

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the new Trans Asia Photography website (formerly the Trans Asia Photography Review) and the release of the Spring 2021 issue under the co-editorship of Deepali Dewan, Yi Gu, and Thy Phu.

TAP Special Issue Trailer (Eunha Koo, 2021)


“Trans”: An Introduction
Thy Phu

Transpacific Rizalistas: Portrait Photography and the Filipino Becoming-Subject
Adrian de Leon

Transnational Family Photographs and Adoptions from Asia
Lili Johnson

Field Notes, Fluidities, and Fictional Archives: Transmedial  Photography and Singapore’s Altered Coastlines
Joanne Leow, ila, Juria Toramae, and Robert Zhao Renhui

Photographic Rehearsal: A Still-Unfolding Narrative
Charan Singh

Photography at the 2020 Dhaka Art Summit: A Review
Akshaya Tanka

We hope that you enjoy the new website and the latest issue and invite you to share it with your networks.


Deepali Dewan
Royal Ontario Museum & University of Toronto
Yi Gu
University of Toronto
Thy Phu
University of Toronto


Trans Asia Photography is an international refereed open access journal based at the University of Toronto. It provides a venue for the interdisciplinary exploration of photography and Asia. The journal examines all aspects of photographic history, theory and practice by centering images in or of Asia, conceived here as a territory, network, and cultural imaginary. Bridging photography and area studies, the journal contributes to the study of photography and its histories by rethinking transnational and transcultural approaches and methodologies. By focusing on photographic practices beyond Euro-American frameworks, the journal foregrounds different ways of seeing and knowing as a way to advance new understandings of photography.

Trans Asia Photography is a journal that promotes scholarship at the intersections of several multidisciplinary fields, encompassing photography studies, Asian Studies, transpacific critique, visual studies, art history, diaspora studies, cultural studies, history, and history of photography, among others.This journal was founded in 2010 by Sandra Matthews as Trans Asia Photography Review, an international refereed journal devoted to the discussion of historic and contemporary photography from Asia.

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