Edward Stokes giving a nature photo presentation at a community event.


‘We are writing to express Cornell’s support for the Foundation’s plans to locate, research, publish and disseminate historical photographs of Asia, and publish them with enriched context in books, websites, calendars and exhibitions. We look forward to working together, to provide greater access to our collections through these publications – and so that the images become more readily accessible in their places of origin.’

Elaine Engst, Director and University Archivist, Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University (1999 – 2013)

Anne Sauer, Director, Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University (2014 – )

The excitement and media presence that our book launches generate are always greatly satisfying, both for the Foundation and our donors. Yet one of our most key outreach strategies is less known. This is the policy, established at the start and continuing, of donating one copy of each new book to every local secondary school. Three reasons lie behind this programme. First, our over-arching aim to disseminate photo histories. Second, the educational benefit that our books offer. And third, the shortage of funds in most schools for building their library resources. The feedback from this book donation is extremely positive. Principals write back very favourably about the books themselves, and enthusiastically welcome the Foundation’s donation policy.

Thank you for the Foundation’s donation of your book Lee Fook Chee’s Hong Kong. This is an outstanding work. It will be of great interest to students and teachers. We deeply appreciate this donation to our Library.
Dennis Yuen, Acting Principal, St Paul’s College

Whenever possible, the Foundation partners with libraries or museums to present its book photos in exhibitions. Besides the different style of image presentation, exhibitions add both visual beauty and information to the book publication. Exhibitions also, by their nature, reach many more people than book sales.

Specialist or community lectures and talks are also part of our outreach. Workshops about book origination methods pass on the Foundation’s practical experience and skills – in planning, designing, printing and publishing books.