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 or 1858.

European photographers established the earliest commercial studios in Asia, and almost immediately enterprising Asians learned the new technology and started studios of their own. Many Peranakans were among those intrigued by this fledgling art. They captured their own likenesses and dress, their cities and their rituals. The exhibition includes studio and amateur photographs of Peranakans in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar. In celebration of a donation by Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee of 2535 photographs to the Peranakan Museum, Amek Gambar explores the multifaceted role of photography in the lives of Peranakans.

June Holiday Program At The Peranakan Museum

Amek Gambar

Dates: 5 May 2018 to 3 February 2019
Time: 10am – 7pm (Mondays to Thursdays, Weekends), 10am to 9pm (Fridays)
Venue: Peranakan Museum
Admission Fees: Admission charges apply
For more information, please visit here.

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My Best Side Photo Studio (as part of Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography)

Date: 5 May 2018 to 3 February 2019
Admission Fees: Free Admission

Snap a photo of your best side at Amek Gambar & Co., a photo studio designed for the
Amek Gambar exhibition and inspired by vintage photographic studios. Pop in at different
times throughout the year for new props, new themes, and new things to play with and
learn. Tag your photo #tpmsg for us to see!

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Walk-in Wednesdays (as part of Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography, in conjunction with Children Season)

Peranakan Museum

Date: 20 June 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 11am – 4pm
Venue: Peranakan Museum
Admission Fees: Free Admission

Snap a photo of your best side at Amek Gambar & Co., a photo studio designed for the
Amek Gambar exhibition and inspired by vintage photographic studios. Pop in at different
times throughout the year for new props, new themes, and new things to play with and
learn. Tag your photo #tpmsg for us to see!

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Straits Family Sundays: Click Click!
Date: 1 July 2018 (Sunday)
Time: 1 – 5pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission

Explore the special exhibition Amek Gambar – Peranakans and Photography, and learn about the functions of the camera through a special tour in the gallery. Then make and decorate your own model camera in the craft station. Come down for a weekend of fun and dress up in a sarong kebaya or batik shirt with the whole family.

For more information on TPM programmes, please visit here.

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FilterLife Weekend Festival (as part of Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography, in conjunction with Children Season)

FilterLife Weekend Festival

Date: 23 to 24 June 2018 (Weekends)
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Venue: Peranakan Museum
Admission Fees: Free Admission

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Conserva-Tour: Repair the Tear (as part of Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography)

Date: 27 July 2018 (Friday)
Time: 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Admission Fees: Free admission with museum admission

How do conservators look at, evaluate, and engage with an object? Join paper
conservator Esther Ng to find out about the delicate, detailed work of conserving objects
from our past.

Esther Ng is a senior paper conservator with the Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC). She
trained in the University of Delaware-Winterthur Art Conservation program, and the Library
of Congress in Washington, DC. Her work at HCC has been centred on preventive and
interventive conservation of the Singapore and Southeast Asia collections. She attained
professional accreditation status with the Institute of Conservation (UK) in 2012.

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Amek Gambar Curator Tours
Date: 26 October 2018 (Friday)
Time: 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Admission Fees: Free admission with museum admission

Join our exhibition curator (Peter Lee or Dominic Low) to hear their thoughts and get
exclusive behind-the-scenes insights into the world of early photography, and how it was
used in the Peranakan community.

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Straits Family Sundays: Click Click!

Date: 1 July 2018 (Sunday)
Time: 1 – 5pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission

Explore the special exhibition Amek Gambar – Peranakans and Photography, and learn
about the functions of the camera through a special tour in the gallery. Then make and
decorate your own model camera in the craft station. Come down for a weekend of fun
and dress up in a sarong kebaya or batik shirt with the whole family.
For more information on TPM programmes, please visit here.

 


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