The Singapore Photographic & Digital Imaging Trade Association
is a special organization of Singapore.


Its members includes owners of photo studios and their employees, photographic equipment wholesalers and retailers, color photo laboratories and agency, and a lots of others related to the photographic trade.

The Singapore Photographic & Digital Imaging Trade Association started way back in the end of the 19th Century and flourished at the turn of the century. After World War II, the photographic industry resumed its activity and sees photo equipment businesses and photo studios began to bloom.

A group of trade associates foresighted that this photographic trade should be organized for the goal of making friendly contact and exchange techniques. As a result, the “Chinese Photographic Studio Proprietors Association” was formed in 1947.In 1950, another group of trade associates with a common ideal drew up plans and organized “Singapore Photographic Research Society”. After functioning for a period of time, these two associations went for a merger and named “Singapore Photographic Trade Association” in 1960.


The association should be thriving, what with over three hundred photo laboratories, a good number of professional photo studios, more then 30 of equipment/materials suppliers and other related businesses. Also, with the advent of new-flanged digital technology and its very successful application in the entire spectrum of photography, more hitherto unrelated and also completely new players have entered the fold. From digital capture, conversion, manipulation, enhancement and output, no area is left uncovered. The association is well positioned to serve as a bridge to the new technology and techniques. While not exactly in its infancy, digital photography is still not fully understood and efficiently harnessed by the general public and to certain extents the professionals in the field.

The association could be the focal point, the facilitator to bring the photo trade into the new knowledge-based millennium. With an entity representing a trade that touches on everyday life, lots of things can be done for the good of both consumers and providers. All that needed is the will and the conviction to get thing going.

The Singapore Photographic & Digital Imaging Trade Association has since progressed from an individual association in 1960 till today a government-recognized trade association.