Peranakan wedding portrait

This photograph shows a Peranakan bride and groom, flanked by a page boy and girl. It is accompanied by a statement: ‘Photographed on the 6th January, 1937, Corresponding to the 24th day of the 11th Chinese Moon, Pianh Choo Year.’ The studio mark ‘C. Ishii Photographer Malacca’ is stamped on the board. 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.

20th century
Object size: Refer to individual parts
Accession No.
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Photographs and Negatives