From Brush to Lens: Early Chinese Photography Studios in Singapore
The exhibition showcases 90 artefacts from the late 19th to early 20th century including the Carte de Visite and photographs by European, Chinese and Japanese Studios in Singapore.
With the establishment of Singapore as an entrepôt 200 years ago, many migrants from China and around the region ventured to Singapore to seek business opportunities and better lives. While the majority of early Chinese migrants in Singapore were manual labourers, they were later followed by a group of skilled artisans and professionals, such as painters and photographers. By the 1910s, the studios operated by the Chinese photographers offered good quality services at relatively cheaper prices. As people from all walks of life chose to have their photographs taken at these Chinese photography studios, these studios inadvertently serve as repositories for a nation’s history. Come and see this exciting and yet lesser known facet of vibrant Singapore.