Raymond Tan

Black and white photograph of Raymond Tan, alumni of Graduate Diploma Photography at London College of Communication (LCC).
Image © Raymond Tan

Raymond Tan studied Graduate Diploma Photography, formerly known as ABC Diploma in Print Production (Photography), at London College of Communication, graduating in 2009.

What made you choose this particular course?

The course covers all technical aspect of old and modern-day photography.

Where are you from in the world?

Malaysia

What are you working on/where are you working at the moment?

London-based fashion photographer.

Can you describe your work in your own words? 

My works are set in the space between reality and fantasy. In order for the viewers to engage with my images, there must be a sense of belonging and I’m always searching for that balance. My subjects are often quietly confident.

Please tell us about the approaches, techniques and tools, you use in your work.

I value concept a lot, there’s always a lot of mood boards and ideas generation before a casting and the shoot. In terms of tools, that will be dependant on the concept. Every project has different requirements and I’m not afraid to collaborate with other specialists to complete each project. 

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

My Olympus trip, iPhone and a pen

If you could collaborate creatively with anybody in the world who would it be?

Nobuyoshi Araki and Helmut Newton

Tell us about your future plans and ambitions

I’m always looking for ways to improve, as a photographer and also as a human being. My ambition is to never stop doing what I am doing now.

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Bright, surprise and romantic.

Have you been back to LCC since graduating, and for what reason? 

Yes, I go back from time to time to see my tutors.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

Be yourself and work in the college as much as possible every day. 

Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration?

The rooftop bar near National Gallery.