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Worlds through the Lens:

Photographic Treasures of the French Foreign Affairs Archives , 1860 ? 1914

Jointly organised by ACM, the French Embassy and the Association Francaise d'Action Artistique (AFAA)

"Worlds through the Lens" will be on display from 13 July till 13 October 2002

Step back in time and enter different worlds across cultures vividly captured at Asian Civilisation Museum's (ACM) latest photographic exhibition, Worlds through the Lens: Photographic Treasures of the French Foreign Affairs Archives (1860 ? 1914).

View over 100 photographs from the famous Quai d'Orsay collection in France at its Asian premiere in Singapore. Highlights include images of the Dalai Lama in exile in 1910, the building of the Suez Canal, rail and tramways in the Himalayas and Beirut, a typhoon in Hong Kong, an execution scene in Canton and the unforgettable portraits of people in Africa and Latin America.

Taken during the tumultuous period of 1860 up to World War I, these rare and intriguing images were captured by diplomats, military officers and
professional photographers of international fame including Nadar, Frith, Le Gray, Bonfils and Ferrez. These photographs emerged during a time of western expansion and rapid modernisation, marked by the rise and popularity of photographic technologies. Travel back in time and experience the nostalgia through these images.

The exhibition is held at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Armenian Street