Before It All Goes – Architecture from Singapore’s Early Independence Years


Before It All Goes – Architecture from Singapore’s Early Independence Years was launched at Darren Soh’s solo exhibition, which was held at Objectifs from August – September 2018. This exhibition presented images of eight iconic sites from Singapore’s early independence years that are now getting demolished and redeveloped. The eight sites are: Pearl Bank Apartments, People’s Park Complex, Golden Mile Complex, Golden Mile Tower, Bedok and Buona Vista Swimming Complexes, Queenstown Cinema, Tanglin Halt Estate and Rochor Centre.

This book features images from the show, as well as additional photos of the eight sites and of HDB estates that were constructed in the 1960s – 1970s. The book also includes two essays by Darren Soh, as well as one essay by writer Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, and one essay by architectural historian Yeo Kang Shua.

This book has a limited print run of 750 copies. 

About Darren Soh

Darren Soh’s photographic practice explores architecture, urban landscape and space. An established photographer who is most recognised for his documentation of vernacular architecture, Darren has been placed in several international photography awards over the years, including the Commonwealth Photographic Awards, the Prix de la Photographie, Paris, the International Photography Awards, PDN and ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu. His works have been shown widely, including solo exhibitions at The Esplanade and Objectifs (Singapore Art Week 2015), and internationally at photography festivals like Noorderlicht (The Netherlands) and Obscura (Penang). He has published several monographs including While You Were Sleeping (2004), For My Son (2015) and In the Still of the Night (2016).

Darren was one of the co-founders of, an initiative to showcase photography of Singapore or by Singaporean photographers. As champions of local photography, has gone on to support and publish 22 Singapore photography books and most recently, an exhibition of 34 Singaporean photographers in Istanbul (Apr-May 2018). He continues to advocate for photography as an art form, and contributes actively to the community through frequent public talks and ground up projects that focus on documenting Singapore.

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BY Darren Soh
COUNTRY Singapore
YEAR 2018
DETAILS 283mm x 210mm closed, 176pp 

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