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Hong Kong and Singapore launch historic photography exhibition

The exhibition launches in Hong Kong this month.

An historical exhibition of work by two mid-twentieth century photographers has opened in Hong Kong.

‘Photographs from the 1950s: Marjorie Doggett’s Singapore, Lee Fook Chee’s Hong Kong’ will showcase works by pioneer female photographer Marjorie Doggett who captured Singapore’s cityscape between 1954 and 1957, and Lee Fook Chee, a self-taught photographer who focused on Hong Kong’s streetscapes during the same period.

The mid-twentieth century was a time of great change for both cities. Photographs of Hong Kong show urban scenes in Central and Wan Chai, as well as more rural images of Cheung Chau Waterfront, rice growing and a Hakka village in the New Territories. They appear alongside Doggett’s photography of The Fullerton Building, the Raffles Institution, godowns along the Singapore River and the nineteenth century buildings at Collyer Quay.

The event is a collaborative project presented by Sino Group with Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation and supported by the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Hong Kong. It has been curated by the Photographic Heritage Foundation.

“Singapore and Hong Kong have always shared close and warm relations,” said Foo Teow Lee, Singapore’s consul-general in Hong Kong. “Hong Kong is home to one of the largest groups of overseas Singaporeans in the world… My hope is that this exhibition will spark more opportunities for education and cultural exchanges, and bring our two cities even closer together.”

The exhibition runs from until May 30 at Sino Plaza, followed by a ‘roving exhibition’ at various Hong Kong locations until June 6. More details can be found online at


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