The Photo of Lee Kuan Yew Made by Indonesian Photographer

Lee Kuan Yeuw -- Photo by Tara Sosrowardoyo

This photo of Lee Kuan Yew has been worldwide known after the first Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-1990) died last Monday (3/23). Dated November 23, 2004, the picture which is the collection of the National Museum of Singapore was made by an Indonesian photographer, Tara Sosrowardoyo.

In a forum in – the biggest online photography community in Southeast Asia, Kristupa Saragih, co-founder of, writes that eventhough the picture of Lee Kuan Yew is widely used, one thing that is praiseworthy is that all the media displaying it put the photographer credit on it. “The respect for copyright is a thing that is hard to find in Indonesia known as a country which is rich in art and culture,” writes Kristupa.

Born in New York on December 12, 1952, Tara Sosrowardoyo started his career in photography in 1977 as a stills photographer in the Indonesian film industry, and a photojournalist at the now-defunct “Jakarta Jakarta” magazine.

Joining Getty Images in 1988, his works are already published in many publications worldwide such as Time, The New York Times, Newsweek, Vogue, Asiaweek, The New Yorker Far Eastern Economic Review, Marie Claire, Business Week, GEO, Paris Match dan Fortune. He has also shot many portraits of influential figures.

A joint or sole contributor of images to many books, Tara has pasrticipated in several photo exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad as well. By the time I learned photography, I took it seriously. What we need to be good in our field is, I think, love and seriousness,”" said Tara as quoted by the Jakarta Post.


  1. farid says:


  2. Jason says:

    Please amend the spelling of the name to “Lee Kuan Yew”. Thank you.