Lateral Imaging is the foremost fineart print studio in the Asia-Pacific region. Founded by printmaker James Tan, Lateral Imaging produces top-tier fineart prints for renowned photographers, galleries, and collectors around the world. With a cutting-edge color management workflow and advanced knowledge of lighting design, Lateral Imaging also offers start-to-finish production of photography exhibitions, as well as professional consultation for architecture, lighting, and printing companies.

James Tan began his photography career as an apprentice in a commercial photography studio, and quickly rose through the ranks to become a full-fledged commercial photographer.

James Tan, Founder, Lateral Imaging
Image: Eddie Sung

He became an Associate of the Master Photographers Association by way of double promotion in Architectural photography in 2007, and in 2 years was awarded MPA’s Fellowship rank as the first and only Certified Printmaker in the MPA – a special honor created for him in recognition of his contribution and mastery in the craft.

Following that, he was invited to be trained in both Qualifications and Competition judging at the MPA Headquarters in Darlington UK, and then went on to do the final judging of The MPA’s prestigious International Photography Competition, followed by the WPPI Annual Print Competition in Las Vegas.

James is currently MPA’s Deputy Ambassador and Chair of Qualifications, Asia Pacific. He is helping to grow a pool of quality photographers in the region with strict and careful guidance to its members, and potential candidates, on image making and business practices.

To be a master printmaker, a rare mix of an uncompromising dedication to quality, along with a meticulousness like no other is required, and James is one such individual. Having put his photography business on hold since 2007 to give 10 years to mastering digital printmaking, his many achievements are a testament to his dedication.