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

Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography presents early photographs of the community, including the oldest example in Singapore’s National Collection.

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Straits Family Sunday Peranakan Museum

Straits Family Sunday: Jemput Makan Ramay Ramay (Come let’s all eat together)

Date: 3 June 2018
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Venue: Peranakan Museum
Admission: Free

Explore the colourful world of Peranakans every first Sunday of each month.

Make arts and crafts based on the museum’s collection, or go on a special, themed tour of the galleries. Dress up with the whole family in a batik shirt or sarong kebaya, and enjoy a fun-filled Sunday at the Peranakan Museum. Visit here for more details.

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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

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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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