Khai Sun Studio photograph of a nyonya and young boy

This studio photograph shows a boy and nyonya posing against a pastoral background. The mounting board is stamped with the studio mark ‘Khai Sun Studio Photographer’. Studios were already established across the Strait Settlements and the Dutch East Indies by the 1840s and became increasingly prevalent in the 1850s. During the 1920s, Chinese-owned studios dominated the studio photography trade in Southeast Asia. Ranging from formal studio portraits to albums of snapshots of everyday life and stately ancestral portraits, this large group of photographs reveals the many forms of photography available and gives insight into the various aspects of the lives of Peranakans.

Date/Period
20th century
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Image size: 15.5 x 10.5 cm, Object size: 26.2 x 20.4 cm
Accession No.
2017-00701
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Photographs and Negatives