Photographs of 1957 Exhibition by Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah


Event:       Photographs of 1957 Exhibition by Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah

Date:        2 August–30 September 2018

Time:        10am-6pm daily

Venue:      Merdeka Room, Carcosa Seri Negara


Taking up photography in the 1930s, Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Zainal Abidin III (the fourth Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the 15th Sultan of Terengganu), was an avid and talented photographer, possessing a gifted eye to take snapshots of situations and sceneries that most people might take for granted. Armed with his trusty camera, Sultan Nasiruddin took advantage of his privileged position to snap pictures of unique angles unavailable to most photographers and profound consequences. The images, as seen through the eyes of monarch-photographer, would include his personal interpretations of busy scenes of Port Swettenham, renamed later as Port Klang, the nation’s first international airport in Sungei Besi, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the atmospheric Batu Caves. All of which suggested that His Highness attempted to capture on film the integration of a pluralistic Malaya as a harmonious nation and its essential economic infrastructure, and most poignantly, the daily sufferings of his people, the sufferings of war, and the natural beauty of his home state of Terengganu. Now, to commemorate his legacy and to celebrate his photography, Asian Heritage Museum Sdn Bhd (AHM), in collaboration with Raja Ihsan Shah (the Custodian of The Sultan Ismail Photograph Collection), will organise and host a public exhibition entitled ‘Photographs of August 1957’ snapped by the late Sultan. The last time these photographs were exhibited was 20 years ago.


The last time these photographs were exhibited was 20 years ago.

Presented by

KL International Arts Festival

Supported by

MOTAC Tourism Malaysia DBKL Visit KL Sept@KL Sky Blue Media
WHW Design JKKN KEN GC Productions Supernewsroom O'Briens Oreo Thin SoCar

Subscribe to KLIAF newsletter