Hundred Daughters Hundred Patience Hundred Meals


Hundred Daughters Hundred Patience Hundred Meals [百女百耐百膳] is made in memory of photographer Kevin WY Lee’s father, celebrating his life as a restauranteur. The publication takes the form of a uniquely designed photobook and cookbook duet.

The photobook comprises 60 B/W photographs of a family road trip in 2012. The cookbook features 100 recipes that Kevin WY Lee had conceived after his father’s passing in 2018. The photobook and the cookbook, the road and the kitchen, serve as a hundred metaphors for his father’s life and their family’s history of migration and diaspora – from the rice farms of Kaiping in South China, to the sugar cane fields of Fiji in the South Pacific, to the HDBs of Singapore in Southeast Asia.

This project was featured in The Business Times on 5th July 2019 and in Shin Min Daily. Read more about the project in this Q&A with Suan Chiang.

About Kevin WY Lee

Kevin WY Lee is a photographer and creative director based in Singapore. He has worked in the creative industry in Asia and Australia for over 20 years. In 2010, he founded Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA), an influential platform for Photography & Visual Arts in Asia. Through IPA, Kevin participates vigorously in photography and art across the region as a practitioner, curator and educator.

In his own practice, Kevin is interested in Singapore – her temperament, aesthetic and growing pains. A broader canvas is marked by a curiosity in mortality, and how people cope with the finiteness of being mortal.

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BY Kevin WY Lee
YEAR 2019
DESIGN Vanessa Ban
DETAILS 60 b/w photographs, 100 colour photographs, 100 recipes
Casebound, 248pp
Book: 21cm x 15cm
Poster: 70cm x 70cm

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