The advent of photography in Asia in the mid-nineteenth century, and the popularization of the technology and medium, especially from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century onwards, had important repercussions not only in the history of art and aesthetics, but also in politics, economy, and everyday life. This talk will look at the culture and business of modernity in colonial Singapore through the history of early Chinese photographic studios in the colonial port-city, and examine the ways in which the evolving cultural and technological environments provided new possibilities and synergies between business, culture, and entrepreneurship.
Conducted in English. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. No registration is required.