A Pictorial History 1819–2000
Over 1,200 rare, fascinating and beautiful images vividly bring Singapore’s history to life – including the first ever photographic portrait taken in 1843; the lyrical landscapes produced by the early professional studios; evocative portraits that reveal the faces of a cosmopolitan city; the efforts of early amateurs to capture a colonial city less polished and perfect than in postcard views; the gritty shots of photo-journalists who chronicled World War II and the road to independence; and the late 20th-century professionals who have documented the extraordinary post-independence changes to the island.
The two-year quest for the new and compelling unearthed fresh images, which are reproduced alongside classics without which no visual history of Singapore would be complete. Each image conveys a strong sense of place, and together they tell the story of a nation of mainly immigrant stock and the island they transformed from a fishing village to a global city state.
Editions Didier Millet
Editions Didier Millet (EDM) was founded in 1989 in Paris by Didier Millet. He opened a branch of EDM in Singapore in 1990, which soon established itself as the headquarters and centre of the business. Today, EDM has offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. We also work closely with our sister company, Les Editions du Pacifique, based in Paris.
The company currently employs 20 staff members: 10 in Singapore, six in Kuala Lumpur, and four in Bangkok. These are predominantly editors and graphic designers with staff also working in sales, marketing, production and accounts.
EDM enjoys an international reputation for our high-quality books, and publishes approximately 30 new titles per annum in print form, and around 15 ebooks. We have published over 500 titles in total, of which some 130 are currently in print, comprising mainly general illustrated and reference titles for the adult trade market. The chief subject areas are travel, history, natural history, art, architecture, cookery and lifestyle. The books are mainly about Southeast Asia, but not exclusively so, and many of our titles have become standard reference sources for art and culture enthusiasts as well as travellers.
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