Past and Present

Above: Singapore’s National Library, seen from Queen Street and looking past Saint Joseph’s Church.
Below: The Bras Basah HDB building and the National Library frame Saint Joseph’s Church.


Singapore, like almost all of Asia’s cities, in the late twentieth century had extremely rapid economic growth – and with it the transformation, often at great speed, of urban settings. However, despite some significant losses, Singapore fortunately acted to reverse the trend.

Today, especially in its ‘colonial’ and ‘arts’ precincts, charming buildings from the earlier eras remain beside modern architecture and re-purposed heritage buildings. The eclectic mix is beguiling.

Read Joel Meyerowitz’s urban photographic study, St. Louis And The Arch. Meyerowitz’s landmark visual exploration represents my starting point for ‘past and present’.

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, New York, 1980