The Apprentice 学徒

Low Kok Kee is 67. He runs a print shop in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Foto Pak Tai has been faithfully serving the photography and printing needs of the local community since the 1940’s. With the advent of the digital age and a rapidly fluctuating appetite of the young and hip, Pak Tai is a business in decline.

Increasingly dependent on his longstanding arrangement that for the time-being still sees the continual patronage from law enforcement for their official photographs, Low is somewhat philosophical about the day when he will be forced to draw the curtains on Pak Tai.

A documentary by Mahen Bala and John W. J. Cho.

Interview and translation by Alicia Goh.

Special thanks to Mr. Low Kok Kee of Foto Pak Tai.

Cantonese with English subtitles.