Amek Gambar

5 May 2018–3 February 2019

Exhibition Overview


Unknown, Young Man with a Camera, Straits Settlements or Indonesia, around 1920s. Silver gelatin print.

Amek Gambar presents over a century of photographs, tracing the emergence, adoption and evolution of photography in Southeast Asia.

The first commercially viable form of photography was invented in France in 1839, and it quickly made its way to Southeast Asia. Peranakans were among the first subjects captured by photographers arriving from Europe. Amek Gambar ("taking pictures"): Peranakans and Photography presents early photographs of the community, including the oldest example in Singapore's National Collection: a portrait of a Peranakan family taken in 1857 and 1858.

(Photo courtesy of Peranakan Museum.)

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