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Title Those Were the Days  
ISBN 9789814868563
Imprint Marshall Cavendish Editions
Photographs by Mun Chor Seng
Specifications 220 x 260mm / 256pp / Hardback
Publication Date Mar-2020
Target Audience General
Price (SGD) SGD 42.05
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About the Book

Mun Chor Seng started taking photographs in his teens and over the last six decades has captured many aspects of Singapore. His evocative images, brought together in this timely collection, cover everything from early street scenes to how we used to live, work and play. These photos from the 1950s to the 1970s will evoke happy memories and show the way of life in post-war Singapore.  
  • Contains over 700 original photographs, many unpublished, and of locations long since demolished
  • Captures images of Singapore in the early years of independence
  • Features photos of daily living from a period of time long past
  • Includes significant events in Singapore history
About the Photographer

Mun Chor Seng has been armed with a camera since his youth. Born in 1938, he was inspired to take up photography by his eldest brother and became the school photographer at Beatty Secondary School during his years of study there. His professional career began in 1958 at the Department of Broadcasting, Radio & Television Singapore (RTS) as it was known then. Later RTS became the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) and eventually Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS). Through his work there, he had the privilege of witnessing history through the lens of a television cameraman.

Mun was part of the television camera crew that accompanied Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Toh Chin Chye and Mr S Rajaratnam on official visits during the early days of the establishment of Singapore. Those were interesting times that he feels privileged to have lived in, and more so, to have had the opportunity to capture moments of history on film. One such event was the admission of Singapore to the United Nations in New York in September 1965 as one of the 117 members in the family of nations.

In July 1973, he was attached to the News Division of Visnews, BBC TV and ITV in London for the Colour Conversion Course. He also attended the Cine Camera Television Camera Lighting Course at Sender Fries Berlin in West Germany in 1977. He was awarded the Efficiency Medal at the 1980 National Day Awards.

Mun retired in 1998 after working for 40 years with TCS. He continued to work with images of history as part of the pioneer team of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall from 2001 to 2006. This period saw him travelling to Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan, retracing Dr Sun’s time in this region and collecting more images of history. To date, he has visited every continent with the exception of South America.
A well-respected photographer and video camera-man, Mun has contributed many of his photos to books on broadcasting published in Singapore. He is well-known among the heritage community and is one of the top contributors to the Singapore Memory Portal dedicated to preserving yesteryear memories.

Mun is also a co-author of On Air: Untold Stories from Caldecott Hill, a collection of 51 essays by the pioneering staff of the national broadcasting station. He contributed most of the photos in the book, which traces the development and growth of the company in tandem with that of Singapore.
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