Joseph Master Photography [JMP] founded by Joseph K.S Tan .
He took up photography in 1964. In 1967, he sent his works for an International Exhibition Competition and won a major award which ranked him among the ” Top Ten Photographers of the world “. At the age of 42 Joseph left a secure job as Head of Oil Accounts with Shell Company to begin a new career as a Professional Photographer in 1970
1968 1970 : Appointed International Salon Chairman for 3 consecutive years by the Photographic Society of Singapore for organizing International Salon of Photography. Advisor to the Raffles Photographic Club for organizing inter-school competitions and conducting free photography courses for their members. Photography Instructor at the YMCA club
1968 – 1973 : Member of the Photographic Society of America. Actively participated in the Overseas International competitions. During this period, occasionally had been assigned by the P.S.S to give a series of lectures to the R.A.F Tengah, Changi, Seletar and Naval Base Photographic Clubs
1969 – 1970 : Hon.Secretary of the Pictorial group, Program Chairman and Asst. Hon. Secretary of the Photographic Society of Singapore
1970 – 1984 : Setup a photography shop for 5 years and later spent several years in Europe under study some aspects of photography in particular the Portrait Photography
1971 : Awarded the Distinction Diploma Services Rendered in April (ES. FIAP) by the Federation Internationale De L’ Art Photographic (Berne)
1985 – 1989 : During his 5 years with Robinson Portrait Studio, he has been the Royal Photographer for Her Royal Highness of Brunei, and also photographed the Sultan, Her Majesty the Queen and other Royalties. 1986 – 1989 appointed Photography Instructor by the Peoples Association to conduct photography courses at the Kampong Ubi and Changi Community Centre
1987 : Featured in the Straits Times and Asia Magazine being the first person in Asia to be awarded the “Associate” of the UK-based Master Photographer Association for Portraiture and Wedding
1988 – 1996 : Panel of judges for Kodak “Bride of the Year” annual contest
1989 : Elected Vice-President of the Photographic Society of Singapore
1990 – 1991 : Setup a Studio in Bangkok. In December, 1990, had an audience with Thailand King Bhumibol Audlyadej at the Royal Palace followed by a photography session of the Royal Family
1992 : Upon his return from Bangkok, he was fully committed to teaching photographic full time, conducting various types of photography courses for both amateur and professional photography
1993 : Received award of Merit for 2 & 3 stars respectively from the Photographic Society of America for works submitted to world-wide Salon competition. Guest speaker at the Rotary club (Queenstown) chapter. Awarded the “Associateship Services” distinction certificate by the India International Photographic Council (AS. IIPC)
1995 : Guest speaker at the 4-days PHOTOWORLD MANILA ’95 on Wedding, Photography organized by THE FED. OF PHILIPPINE PHOTOGRAPHERS FOUNDATION INC., MANILA. Received Awards of Merit for 4 stars rating by the PSA. Guest speaker for 5 days on Portraiture for delegates attending the 13th India International Photographic Council at Jodhpur, India
1996 : Joseph was honored by AMPHOTO in New York in the book “THE BUSINESS OF PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY” – A Professional guide in marketing and managing a successful studio, with a profile of 30 Top Portrait Photographers around the world.
1997 : Elected “Associate” To The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain (ARPS). Appointed International Rep. for Singapore by the Photographic Society of America (PSA). In December 1997, was invited to Port Macquarie, Australia by Mr. Warren Scott, tutor of the North Coast School of Photography to promote an exchange of program between Australia and Singapore. During his visit, he was interviewed by Australia Media and also being featured on Channel 7 at their Prime Time News.
1998 : Joseph was the first person awarded the “FELLOWSHIP” (FMPA) by the UK-based Master Photographers Association (MPA). Joseph is the organizer and one of the speakers at the “DELPHI FAR EAST – MASTERS CONVENTION” for Singapore and Indonesia on behalf of the Master Photographers Association. Five distinguished Master Photographers from UK and 1 from Indonesia were guest speakers. Joseph was also appointed “Ambassador” for the M.P.A.
1999 : In a world wide competition organized by the Master Photographers Association, Joseph was awarded the Overall winner of the MPA overseas Category B&W Photographer of the year 1999. Co-author of the book “The Masters Secrets” of the Diazochrome Process.
2000 : Joseph received his 5-STARS rating and PSA Distinction Certificate of Proficiency (PPSA).
Joseph was honored by the India International Photographic Council – The Fellowship Service coveted International Honor (FS. IIPC) for providing several decades of photography services to fellow photographers.
2002 : The Photographic Society of America has elected Joseph to the level of “Associateship” (APSA).
2005 : In October, Joseph received the Master’s Highest Honor Award, the “Honorary Fellowship” (Hon. FMPA) from the UK-based Master Photographers Association. He is the first person in ASIA to have been conferred on this rarely given award. During this period, Joseph has produced a booklet entitled “A Household Guide to Taking Good Pictures”.
For over two decades, Joseph has submitted his works for Overseas International Salon of Photography competitions all around the world. He has won many awards and more than a thousand acceptances world-wide.
Throughout the years, Joseph has received many honors around the world which includes Asia, Europe and USA. An accomplished photographer, he was also featured in many newspapers and magazines. Also being interviewed by foreign radios and TV News.
2006 : Joseph received his 25 years long membership from the Masters Photographers of Association.
2007 : Appointed Region Director, Region 30 (S.E.A) by the Photographic Society of America (PSA).
2008 : Appointed International Rep. for Singapore by the Photographic Society of America (PSA)
2009 : Conferred “Honorary Fellowship” by the Pakistan Salon Group (Hon. FPSG)
2010 : Conferred “Life Time Achievement” award by India International Photographic Council at the celebration of World Photographers Day on 19th August, 2010.
2010 : Conferred the highest Honorary Title the “Honorary Pascal English School and Greek School Photographic’ (Hon.PESGSPC) from Cyprus.