Simon Soon is Senior Lecturer in art history at the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Malaya. His broader areas of interest include comparative modernities in the arts, urban histories, and art historiography. He has written on various topics related to 20th-century art across Asia and occasionally makes art and curates exhibitions, most recently Bayangnya Itu Timbul Tenggelam: Photographic Cultures in Malaysia. He is also an editorial advisor of Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia, and a team member of the Malaysia Design Archive, a repository, education and research platform on visual cultures of the 20th century.
Art historian Simon Soon analyzes the texts and images in Syed Sheikh Syed Ahmad al-Hadi’s two-volume novel Hikayat Faridah Hanom (The Story of Faridah Hanom), published in Penang in 1925 and 1926, which notably repurposed photographic images from magazines.