A Defining Decade Remembered

Curator Mr Edward Stokes (left) introduces the exhibition of historical Hong Kong and Singapore photography to guests including Chief Executive of Hong Kong Ms Carrie Lam and Consul-General, Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Hong Kong Ms Foo Teow Lee

Sino Group, the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation and the Photographic Heritage Foundation are jointly presenting the exhibition Photographs from the 1950s: Marjorie Doggett’s Singapore, Lee Fook Chee’s Hong Kong.

Curated by the Photographic Heritage Foundation and supported by the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Hong Kong, the exhibition presents works by Marjorie Doggett, a pioneering female photographer from England, who captured the cityscapes and buildings of Singapore from 1954 to 1957, and Lee Fook Chee, a self-taught Singaporean photographer who focused on Hong Kong streetscapes during the same period. The exhibition showcases the parallel timelines of the 1950s in Hong Kong and Singapore, when they were on the cusp of their transformations into shining international metropolises, paying tribute to the rich shared history and warm friendship between the two great Asian cities.

The compelling imagery of Hong Kong ranges from the urban spaces of Des Voeux Road, Central District and Hennessy Road to the Cheung Chau waterfront, rice fields in the city’s alluvial plain and a Hakka village in the New Territories. Singapore’s icons include the former Fullerton Building, the Raffles Institution, the characteristic godowns along the Singapore River and the 19th-century buildings on Collyer Quay.

There are a series of free docent tours for visitors and schools that introduce the history, architecture, iconic buildings and urban transformation of the two cities. A roving exhibition with highlights of the collection also takes place across Hong Kong until June.

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