Wah Fong Studio photograph of a gentlemen

This studio photograph shows a gentlemen seated with his arms resting on a table. It is stamped with the studio mark ‘Wah Fong 391 Chulia Street.’ 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
Penang
Dimension
Image size: 13.2 x 9.0 cm, Frame size: 26.6 x 20.0 cm
Accession No.
2017-00750
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Photographs and Negatives