History and Imagination: Modern Photography from Singapore


History and Imagination presents the works of four Singapore photographers: Tan Lip Seng, Lee Lim, Lim Kwong Ling and Lee Sow Lim. These amateur photographers were active members of camera clubs in the 1950s and 1960s, a period of rapid political and urban change in newly independent Singapore. Navigating the desire to document the emerging nation against the conventions of pictorial photography, scholarly essays and full-colour plates trace how their images parallel a newfound search for independence from British rule and the anxieties of modernity.

Click here to view Stories in Light: Four Modern Photographers in Singapore, a virtual exhibition by National Gallery Singapore presenting the work of Lee Sow Lim, Lee Lim, Lim Kwong Ling and Tan Lip Seng.

About Charmaine Toh
Charmaine Toh received her PhD from the University of Melbourne and is a curator at National Gallery Singapore. Her research primarily looks at modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia, with a focus on photography. Recent exhibitions include Chua Soo Bin: Truths & Legends, Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia and Siapa Nama Kamu? Art in Singapore from the 19th century till today. Previously, Charmaine was the Programme Director at Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film where she played a pivotal role in revitalising the gallery programme. She also co-curated the 2013 Singapore Biennale.

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AUTHOR  Charmaine Toh
ARTISTS  Tan Lip Seng, Lee Lim, Lim Kwong Ling and Lee Sow Lim
PUBLISHER National Gallery Singapore
YEAR 2021
DETAILS 28 x 22.2 cm, 116pp 

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