Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography
5 May, 2018 - 3 February, 2019
Head to Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography, an exhibition about the Peranakan community. As the Peranakan Museum’s first historical photography exhibition, it traces the history and evolution of photography in the region.
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. The exhibition features early photographs of the community, including the oldest example in Singapore’s National Collection: a portrait of a Peranakan family taken in 1857 or 1858. It also includes studio and amateur photographs of Peranakans in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar.