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Alvin understudied for 4 years with Peter Chen, one of Singapore’s foremost contemporary art photographers, whose works have been featured in Paris.
In 1994, he joined The New Paper as a photographer and was the first in Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) stable of newspapers to be officially given the title of a Photojournalist. He won the 1997 SPH Feature Picture of the Year Award and was sponsored for a one-month advance photojournalism course in Wales.
He conceptualized and shot recruitment ads for the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Prisons, PSA International, and Starhub.
He joined image library, ImaginAsian, as a Creative Director in 1999, before being headhunted to join the pioneer editorial team of the TODAY newspaper. He served as Chief Photographer from 2000 to 2004, and again the newspaper marketed his photographic services to advertisers for recruitment ads.
After a year’s break spent abroad, he began a full-time career as a freelance commercial photographer.