Those were the Days
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words and this is most evident in Mun Chor Seng’s evocative images. Mun started taking photos in his teens and over the last six decades has captured many aspects of Singapore. These range from early street scenes to human interest photos of how Singaporeans live, work and play. While some images have been shared with the Singapore Memory Portal, most of the images in this book have never been published. The photos of children’s birthday parties at home, family picnics at Changi as well as school excursions to a pineapple canning factory and the Alexandra Brickworks will bring back nostalgic memories for older readers. His photos of Kampong Potong Pasir with water buffaloes and padi fields as well as night scenes of old Singapore with the buildings all lighted up will surprise many. Mun was an active member of the Singapore Camera Club (later renamed as Photographic Society of Singapore) and includes photos of their activities and exhibitions. Also featured are key events in the country’s history such as General Elections, National Day Parades at the Padang and the launch of television at the Victoria Memorial Hall. All photos are accompanied by detailed captions that provide the context of what is presented. With over 700 photos from the 1950s to the early 1970s, Those were the Days will be of interest to readers, both young and old. It will evoke many happy memories and show the way of life in the early years of independent Singapore.
Mun Chor Seng worked in broadcasting for over 40 years. He retired in 1998 as Head of Location Operations at Mediacorp. A well-respected photographer and video cameraman, Mun has contributed many of his archival photographs in books on broadcasting published in Singapore. He is one of the top contributors to the Singapore Memory Portal dedicated to preserving yesteryear memories. He recently published Those were the days, an illustrated photo book that features over 700 of his images from the 1950s to the 1970s. Mun was also one of the co-authors of ON AIR: Untold Stories from Caldecott Hill.