About+Ordering Info

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Armed with a camera since 16, my photographic career has spanned many subjects. Photography is beyond a job for me: it’s a passion. Actually, until early 2012, it was a full time passion and a part time job; I’ve shot commercial assignments on and off for the last eight years, but went full time just recently. I’m a physicist by training – I graduated from Oxford at 16 – and subsequently left a senior corporate career in M&A/ private equity (and more recently, as a senior exec director of McDonalds) because it simply wasn’t what I wanted to do, and so far, have been lucky enough not to regret it.

Nominally, I am a commercial photographer specialising in product photography on location and corporate reportage. Lately, I’ve also served as creative consultant and director to ensure a consistent visual look and feel across all aspects of a campaign, including video/ commercials, printed materials and exhibitions – right down to lighting design. It’s no longer just about the visuals: it’s about the experience and the emotion, too. My professional portfolio can be found here.

But that’s not what this site is about. Every passionate professional also undertakes his or her own personal work; often this is creatively divergent from what your clients typically want, but at the same time absolutely necessary for one’s own personal development. I’ve been told that what I do isn’t fine art in the conventional sense, but judging from the personal feedback and response of previous print sales on mingthein.com, I think there are enough people who appreciate my images and Ultraprints that it warrants separating things out into a different site.

About the editions, purchasing and shipping information 

These prints are not for everybody. They are for the discerning, the aesthetically astute, and those who will not settle for less. They are images and prints created by a person who always believes that you can push a bit harder and produce results that are a bit better. They are prints for those passionate about photography. If you fall into any of those categories, you’ll be very pleasantly surprised.

All images you see here are for sale in limited edition runs; one new image per week (or thereabouts) and once the run is sold out, they’ll never be reprinted at that size again.

Please click on the links below the images in each post to order via Paypal. We ship via DHL Express and orders are typically received within two weeks, though usually faster – I personally QC and sign each and every print.

About the prints

Prints are made by Printmaster Wesley Wong of Giclee Art using our proprietary Ultraprint process, which delivers extremely high real resolutions – up to 720 pixels per inch, or four times that of an iPad’s Retina display, a wide gamut, and very smooth tonal transitions. We print on either Canson Infinity Platin Fiber Rag baryta or Permajet Fine Art Matte depending on the subject matter and size using Epson Ultrachrome archival-grade inks.

Ming Thein
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Email: ming@mingthein.gallery or mingthein@gmail.com
Ming Thein on Getty Images

Exhibitions/ In the media:
‘Engineering Art in Metal’, The Centre for Asian Photographers, Kuala Lumpur (3-31 Jan 2014)
Interviewed on the official Carl Zeiss blog on food photography (14 Oct 2013)
DSLR Magazine, cover interview/ featured photographer (Feb 2013 edition)
‘Diametric opposites: East and West’, Leica Gallery Starhill, Kuala Lumpur (18 Jan-18 April 2013)
– New York Times/ International Herald Tribune – interviewed on watch photography (24 Nov 2012)
The official Leica Camera Blog – interview/ featured photographer (8 Nov 2012)
BFM 89.9 Tech Talk on Photokina 2012 (8 October 2012)
BFM 89.9 Tech Talk on photography (29 June 2012)
BFM 89.9 Careers unusual (4 May 2012)
The Edge Malaysia, July 2-8 Edition, p Op18
Horological photography exhibition sponsored by Jaeger Le-Coultre and Leica Camera, May 2012 at Starhill Gallery
The Malaysian Reserve, 14 September 2012 edition – commentary on democratisation of the industry and local support in Malaysia

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