Kouo Shang Wei was one of Singapore’s pioneer photographers.
He captured scenes of Singapore as a newly developing city from the 1950s to the 1980s and was most noted for his portrayal of samsui women. His ability to capture unique details often resulted in an exquisite portrayal of his subjects, inspiring younger generations of photographers.
In commemoration of Kouo, The Kouo Shang Wei Memorial Award, awarded to the overall best submission in the colour slide category, was introduced in 1992 by the ASEAN Salon of Photography.
A number of his works were donated by his family to the National Library Board and are exhibited at the Donors Gallery at the National Library Building.
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