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LKY: A Pictorial Memoir

LKY: A Pictorial Memoir

LKY: A Pictorial Memoir
“In putting together this keepsake photo album, I hope to recapture the greatest moments of LKY, the public and private man. Most of all, I hope it will bring you much joy, as it has me.” — Stephanie Yeow, The Straits Times Picture Editor

Abridged from Lee Kuan Yew: A Life in Pictures, this book features private and public pictures of Lee. It includes some new photos as well as photos from his later years. They were chosen for their strength and quality, and edited to fit into the chronology of Lee’s life. The 188 photos in this book are captioned in English and Chinese.

LKY, as he is fondly known, is every photographer’s dream and nightmare. He is ever intimidating, oblivious to the clicking mobs, impatient with the time-sapping craft of photography. His aversion to flash photography, especially in his later years, meant that photographers had less than a minute to shoot, before being asked to turn off flashes.

LKY is not one to pose. He never fusses over his public image. He refuses to be staged. Prompting him to repeat a move for the camera? Out of the question. Not ready? You missed the shot. I don’t remember anyone ever calling out to him to look in their direction, the way press photographers routinely cajole other politicians.

In 2013, when LKY received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the National University of Singapore, one photographer bravely beckoned him to hold up his newly minted scroll. Squaring his shoulders, LKY said: “I will hold it my way.”

THE AUTHOR: STEPHANIE YEOW joined The Straits Times in 1995 as a photojournalist. She became the paper’s Picture Editor in 2012.
Author Stephanie Yeow
ISBN 9789814642309
Size 210mm x 210mm
Extent 192pp
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover with flaps
Language English
Our price: US$25.00

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