THE PHOTOGRAPHIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION
“Lest the past years vanish as smoke, we have tried to record them.”
Welcome to this bilingual website. It presents The Photographic Heritage Foundation’s vision, record and plans. Our books and exhibitions link photos and heritage, reaching out to all who care about history and the community.
Publishing and disseminating rare or forgotten photographs of Asia, especially of Hong Kong, bridges the generations. This is the Foundation’s central aim. Especially given today’s fast changing digital space, our projects have enduring value.
Visit Our Current Exhibition – Asia Society Hong Kong Center, extended to 30 September 2022
Recovery, Resilience, Resurgence, above, is an exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The photos below show: (left) the 2022 Celebration marking the extension of Recovery, Resilience, Resurgence; (right) the 2017 Singapore opening of Lee Fook Chee, Son of Singapore, an exhibition celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The Foundation’s origins, Patrons, Board and Advisors are below the photo links.
Discover what we do
School children visit a Foundation exhibition, 2021.
Visit our photo exhibitions
The Foundation’s exhibition curator presents a tour, 2021.
Explore the latest books
Book launch for Marjorie Doggett’s Singapore, 2019.
The Photographic Heritage Foundation was established in 2008. A Hong Kong not-for-profit body, it presents Asia’s photographic heritage. The Foundation is a company limited by guarantee and a Hong Kong Charitable Institution (Section 88 Inland Revenue). The Foundation offers tax exemption to its donors and sponsors.
The Foundation is a bridge between rare – often forgotten – historical photographs of Asia, especially of Hong Kong, and communities today. The photos that the Foundation seeks out, researches, and publishes are mirrors to modern societies. In partnership with our sponsors, we originate highly reviewed books and exhibitions. These bring to light the images of earlier photographers – to ensure the preservation of their photos and to record their achievement.
Bernard Charnwut Chan Professor Wang Gungwu
Helmuth Hennig, Chairman Peter Aherne Nicholas Kitto
Founder and Publisher
Dr Helmut Sohmen
Deacons, John Richardson
Robert Baxter Norman de Brackinghe
Ko Tim-keung Liu Kin-ming
Gael Newton AM