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    The eldest of the 3 brothers who started photo studio business was Tat Loon. He then brought his two younger brothers Tit Loon and Shui Loon to Singapore
    From verbal history, Tat Loon was originally a portrait artist. He began fascinated with photography when he met up with a preacher who insisted that he learned the Bible in return for lessons in photography.
    One of the original studio stands at the corner of Cross Street and South Bridge Road.I think it was Yung Fong.
    Tin Seng was located at the corner of Purdue St and North Bridge Road.The location is now part of Raffles Hotel.
    Tai Tung Studio(Great Eastern Photo Studio) as was originally called was located at Stamford Road.
    From Tat Loon there were about a dozen children. Many of the sons died in childhood leaving three sons alive only, the eldest to start a studio in Bandung,the second to become one of the earliest graduates from the King Edward Vll Medical College at Sepoy Line. The third became the manager of Tien Seng
    From Tit Loon, many of the descendants were involved in photography as well as those from Shui Loon,the number 3 who was the most prosperous of the children from the Old Man of the village Siew Wong Nei (officially known as Wong Kai,near Fatshan in Guangzhou)
    The village stands as it has been for these years,the buildings belonging to the 2 younger brothers are still bthere but just as a husk. The house of Tat Loon has been refurbished since the early 1990's.

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    Hi Sumfatt

    That is very interesting information! It is precisely the information about Tat Loon's life, studio and family that I am missing from the the 'big' picture I have. Do you know how Tien Seng studio came to be set up and when it closed? Was it after Quan Hing and what happened to that studio? Do you happen to know the relation of Koon Sun studio to all this?

    Are you from Tat Loon's branch? Can you drop me a note using the PM system?

    I am Shui Loon's great grandson and you are correct about Yong Fong. Today, the address is 209 South Bridge Road.

    Tai Tung (Eastern) was originally located at Stamford Road, but moved to King Yan's home at 26 Dublin Road after WWII. Tai Tung was started by King Yan after Lee Brothers.

    There was also the family business Wah Heng, which was a primary distributor for Kodak till the 1960s(?) when the agency was lost. I have been trying to find records of the shareholders but without much luck.

    Is the "Old Man" you refer to Lee Ting Mou?
    Last edited by Keltzar; 27th August 2009 at 08:53 AM.

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    so far the responders have been family members... just jumping into the thread to say thx for an interesting read.

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    to put it in context: some of these photographers were the potrait photographers to early Singapore pioneers incl. Lim boon Keng, Nee Soon(?) , Song Ong Siang ... and Sun Yen Sen when he was in Singapore.

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