From as early as the 16th century, spice-seeking traders were known to have laid anchor off Penang for fresh water and supplies. Slowly, then with a gathering pace, waves of newcomers from faraway lands arrived and settled across the state. Some arrived as merchants, others as coolies and labourers, but each brought a little slice of home with them. The state then grew into a cultural melting pot, with its unusual blend of eastern and western cultures most clearly illustrated through its colonial buildings, shophouses, clan houses and places of worship.
Today, this vibrant state in Malaysia is a landscape of the past, present and emerging, with neighbourhoods lending their own local flavour and charm. Hoping to preserve beautiful moments in contemporary Penang in ways that can only be expressed by photography, George Town Festival presents Moments, a photobook that showcases images of unforgettable moments and scenes of Penang with a dose of nostalgia masterfully captured by photographers Patrick Loo, Sean Lim and Yih Chang. These talented photographers have captured the state’s landscapes, traditions, people, and celebrations, evoking elusive memories and inspiring a profound desire to create and capture more moments specific to the Penang experience that lasts a lifetime.
Moments is now available for purchase in stores and online.
“Penang at a Glance” Photography Exhibition
* Only those who are fully vaccinated (having received the second dose of vaccine after 14 days, or after 28 days for single-dose vaccines) are allowed to enter.
* Only children aged 13 years and above are allowed to enter.
About the Photographers
Yih Chang is an award-winning photographer who hails from the southern region of Penang. Most of Yih Chang’s recent images on his Instagram are aerial shots of the state’s landmarks and countrysides, giving his followers incredible views, fantastic framing and visually satisfying photos of Penang from above that don’t disappoint.
Sean Lim doubles as a surgeon by day and a photographer in his spare time. Born and raised in Penang, he has always felt a pull to capture the state’s unique charm. Many of his images feature the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site, Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve, and other places of interest, treating his followers with plenty of gorgeous Penang cityscapes and landscapes like they’ve never seen before.
Penang-based photographer Patrick Loo specialises in capturing traditional trades and cultural rituals and celebrations, not just for a better understanding of our present and our identity, but for the future generations to reflect on who they are and how they got there. He’s incredibly skilled and the results are impressive images that will leave you speechless.