Heng - Photojournalist - Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Mathias Heng

Melbourne, VIC, Australia




Mathias Heng spending much of his time on assignments and conducting photo workshops. He travels particularly to regions and countries experiencing conflict, war, natural disasters, poverty, social issues and human struggles.
Much of his work is emotionally charged, a visual documentary narrative of conflicts and its effects on the civilian population, capturing key moments and turning points of human history. Much sought after, Mathias' work appears internationally in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Australian, The Age and newspapers throughout Asia and Europe. Besides the mainstream media, his images appear in books and magazines worldwide too as well as non-government organization publications and journals such as Oxfam USA and Australia, CARE International, Caritas Australia, Australian Volunteers International, AusAID and International Labor Organization (United Nations). He has worked extensively on topical photographic essays in locations such as Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kiribati, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.
In 2000, Mathias was featured in Leica’s product brochure, "The Program". In 2002, Mathias published his first book, sponsored by Leica, Viva Timor Loro S’ae, Long Live East Timor 1999 – 2002 which was launched in Australia and East Timor.

In spite of his exposure to many atrocities, Mathias has never lost his passion and commitment to humanity, or his ability to capture images which speak to people around the globe.


Work History

Leica Akademie and Leica Galerie as an Instructor and Curator

Leica Akademie

From December 2012

In 2000, Mathias was featured alongside other internationally renowned photojournalists such a Sebastiao Salgado in Leica's product brochure, "The Program".


Melbourne, Australia

Photojournalism workshop, 2012 (Perth, Australia)
* Begin your Journey - Leica workshop, 2012 (Singapore)
* Photo-documentary workshop, 2011 (Singapore)
* Photojournalism workshop, National Library 2010 (Singapore)
* Photography seminar, CHIJ Saint Joseph's Convent 2010 (Singapore)

Leica Akademie Instructor

Photographic Assignments

* Photography Workshop Lecturer (Perth, Australia)
* Photography Workshop Lecturer (Melbourne, Australia)
* Seminal on Ways of Seeing (Singapore)
* Photography Adjunct Lecturer (Temasek Polytechnic)
* Photography Lecturer (School Of Photography)



2008 - 2010


Leica Akademie


Fisherman's Life

Photojournalism workshop - Fisherman's Life, 2012
(Terengganu, Malaysia)

Guest lecturer, Temasek Polytechnic

Singapore Temasek Polytechnic



Singapore Photography workshop, Anderson Junior College


photo lecturer

Temasek Polytechnic

to pass his knowledge down to students for the future generation.

Photography lecturer

Temasek Polytechnic

Indonesia (Earthquake 2009)
* 75 Years Redemptorists Priest (Book 2010)

1992 - 2009
* Cambodia (Sex trades - 2007 till present)
* Indonesia (Earthquake - 2006)
* Pakistan (Earthquake - 2005)
* Indonesia (Aftermath Tsunami - 2005)

Iraq War, Singapore International Photo Festival




War Iraq Civil War

* Leica Workshop, 2007 (Perth)

International Peace

* Leica Workshop, 2006 (Perth)

Earthquake Yogyakarta


Masters Degree - Masters in Creative Media - Photography

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University - RMIT (Australia)

Daylesford Foto Biennale

Cold Comfort - Pakistan Earthquake



Victoria Association of Photographic Societies Inc

Leica Panel Judge


* Faces Of Hope, The Cathay Gallery (Singapore)
* Journeys, Leica Store, Raffles Hotel (Singapore)
* Grand Opening Leica Store, Mandarin Gallery (Singapore)
* The Golden Land, 2902 Gallery (Singapore)
* Chain Gangs, Parliament House (Canberra, Australia)
* Viva Timor, Gasworks Art Park (Melbourne, Australia)
* South Africa, Mathias Heng Photo Gallery (Melbourne, Australia)
* The Golden Land, Span Galleries (Melbourne, Australia)
* Peace Building, Travelling Exhibition (Australia)
* Journeys, Alliance Francaise (Melbourne, Australia)
* Cold Comfort, Reportage Gallery (Melbourne, Australia)
* Earthquake, Leica Gallery (Melbourne, Australia)

Archival Work
* Photographs collection in the State Library of Victoria
* Photographs collection in the National Library of Australia


Leica Workshop

* The Newpaper - The Big Picture 2010 - 2014 (Singapore)
* Noise Photography Competition 2011 (Singapore)
* Noise Photography Competition 2010 (Singapore)

CARE Australia

Iraq Crisis

Iraq Crisis (Pre-war - 2003)
* Papua New Guinea, (Mendi - Peace building - 2003)
* Papua New Guinea (Bougainville - 10 years of war - 2002)
* East Timor (Independence - 2002)
* Pakistan/Afghanistan (11 September 2001)
* Kiribati (Lifestyle, Medical, Social issues -2001)

Photojournalist magazine (Australia)

Long Live East Timor

In 2002, Mathias was awarded Peace Mission award by the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard.

Work Published - Magazines/Posters/Brochures
* Golf Asia (Singapore)
* 75 Years Redemptorist (Singapore)
* Oxfam USA (United States)
* FlyPost magazine (United Kingdom)
* Speedway magazine (United Kingdom)
* Cycling magazine (United Kingdom)
* Bohemian Fashion magazine (Asia)
* Living Positive magazine (Melbourne)
* Eureka Street magazine (Melbourne)
* The Salvation Army Annual Report (Melbourne)
* Photojournalist magazine (Australia)
* Leica Fotografie International magazine (Germany)
* Schwarzweiss magazine (Germany)
* Focus magazine magazine (Australia)
* Australian Volunteers International (Australia)
* New Internationalist magazine (United Kingdom)
* The Australian magazine (Australia)
* Oxfam (Australia)
* Plan International (Australia)
* Care International (World wide)
* Review Asia (Asia)
* AusAID (Australia)
* Caritas Australia (Australia)
* Caritas PNG (Papua New Guinea)

* The Washington Post (United States)
* The Guardian (United Kingdom)
* The Age (Melbourne)
* The Australian (Australia)
* The Canberra Times (Canberra)
* The Herald Sun (Melbourne)
* 'The Leader Group' newspapers (Melbourne)
* Southern Cross (Melbourne)
* Western Independent (Melbourne)
* Western Times (Melbourne)
* Bayside Times (Melbourne)
* Melbourne Star Observer (Melbourne)
* Star Group Newspaper (Melbourne)
* Out n About (Melbourne)
* Community News (Melbourne)

Gratitude from the Australian Government contribution towards assisting Bougainville

AusAID, Australia

East Timor and Solomon Islands maintain peace and stability
(AusAID, Australia)

2001 Roche Contemporary Art Prize


Drug, Johannesburg prison

Mozambique (Aftermath of the floods - 2000)
* Zimbabwe (Elections - 2000)
* East Timor (Pre-elections - 2000)
* East Timor (Aftermath - 1999)
* Thailand (Child Labour, Refugees, Humanitarian - 1997-1998)
* Nepal (Culture, Education, Refugees - 1997)


Published Book

ISBN: 0-9581456-0-1
* Beyond Black & White
ISBN: 1-875-70703-4
* The Dalai Lama
ISBN: 0-646-30228-0
* 75 Years Redemptorist

* Leica M workshop - Art of Seeing & Ways of Approach,

Leica Photo Documentary Awards


The Dalai Lama

Pakistan (Child Labour, Agricultural, Literacy Program - 1996)
* India (Drugs, Poverty, Education, Rural area - 1996)
* Bangladesh (Repatriation of Refugees, Ship breakers - 1996)
* Burma (Forced labour, Chain Gang, Medical - 1995-1996)

Kensington Commission Housing

Thailand/Burma (Social issues, Refugees, Health/Medical - 1995)

Sri Lankan's migrants in Australia

Melbourne (Gill Memorial - The Salvation Army - 1994)
* Melbourne (Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria Inc. - 1994)
* Melbourne (Employment 2000 Skill Share - 1993)

The Salvation Army

* Melbourne (HIV/AIDS - 1993)
* Melbourne (Girl Guides Australia - 1993)

SEJ - Industrial and Aerial

Malaysia (St. Bernard Church - 1992)

Novena Church



* Assignments for notable clients include:
Nina Ricci, Guy Laroche, Jasper,
Estee Lauder, St. Michael's Mark & Spencer,
Guess Jeans
* Conceptualisation, planning, implementation,
execution of creative photographic projects
* Fashion photography, co-ordination, and creative
presentation & direction
* Model selection, production suppliers and costings
* Fashion stylist
* Client relations



(United Kingdom)

* Sports photography
* On-site editorial and photojournalism
* Portraits
* Photography on editorial
* Advertising
* Photo-documentary


* Track motor-cross and speedway photography
* Editorial


* Kellog's Tour Race (International) - Brighton
* On-site editorial


* Live music "on-stage" performance
* Editorial
* Publicity

Contract Photographer
CHINA - SEJ (Japan)

* Industrial photography - construction & building
* Location shootings - site & aerial for survey works
* Publication projects
* Freelance assignments for tourism promotions

Senior (Sergeant) Photographer



* Aerial photography - South East Asia region
* Microfilming/micro printing
* Historical/Archives
* Development of technical brochure, manuals
* Darkroom work, chemicals
(black & white/colour processing and printing)
* Restoration/reproduction of historical photographic
records & prints
* Official photographer - Hotel New World Disaster in 1986


Qualifications & Certifications

Boys Town


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