National Archives of Singapore
Paperback 400 pages
Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819 - 2000
by Gretchen Liu
With over 1,200 images, Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000
tells the stors- of Singapore through the eyes of the artists and
photographers who witnessed and recorded it. Faded pencil sketches,
brilliant watercolours, engravings but mostly photographs-including
the first views produced by 19th century professionals, stunning
studio portraits and the remarkable experiments of early amateurs.
With eloquence, they present the history of a society originally
composed mainly of immigrants and of the island they transformed
from a fishing village to a global city.
The quest for the new and the fascinating has unearthed many fresh
images reproduced here for the first time alongside classics without
which no visual history of Singapore would be complete. What makes
them so extraordinary are their unique ties to Singapore, ties to
ordinary people and everyday affairs as much as to major events
and personalities. From this sumptuous trove, Singapore's history
is brought vividly to life.