David Tan holds law degrees from Harvard and Melbourne, and is a professor of law at the National University of Singapore. He was a recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship in 1997 and was named Singapore Tatler’s Most Promising Young Person in 2001. He is also an accomplished fine art fashion photographer, having published a coffeetable book Visions of Beauty featuring the designs of Versace, and Tainted Perfection, in collaboration with Cartier in Singapore. His retrospective book of photographs from 1996 to 2005, David Tan: The First Decade, was exclusively available at Books Kinokuniya.
Tan has had exhibitions in the United States, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. His most recent exhibition was with Yang Gallery in November 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore. His worldwide advertising campaign to promote Singapore as a global talent destination featuring well-known personalities such as Michelin-starred chef Emmanuel Stroobant and fashion designer Andrew Gn has appeared in magazines like Vanity Fair, New Yorker, Time and Financial Times. Over the years, he has contributed to magazines like Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Men’s Uno and Men’s Folio. He has also photographed music album covers for Singaporean music icons Kit Chan and Jacintha Abisheganaden, and Asian celebrities such as Maggie Cheung, Allan Wu and Lea Salonga.
In the area of law, Tan has published numerous articles in a diverse range of journals that include the Yale Journal of International Law, Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, Sydney Law Review, Media & Arts Law Review, and International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.