KLEINGROTHE (CHARLES) A group of 6 images showing tobacco plantations and farming, with some views of tin mining, gelatin silver prints, captioned in the negative, 5 with ink manuscript captions, 265 x 355mm., [c.1900]
Charles Kleingrothe's photographs were often commissioned by plantation companies as a means by which to attract investment in certain areas, or to use alongside explanatory texts (such as G.E.Haarsma's Der Tabakshau). Little in the way if biographical material exists about Kleingrothe other than that which can be found through contemporary trade directories and newspaper clippings. In the late 1860s he worked for G.R. Lambert & Co., the foremost studio in Singapore. When Sumatra opened up to European trade in the late 1880s its first professional studio was established at Medan in the Deli district and was managed by Kleingrothe from 1888-89. He is best known for his record of Sumatran tobacco plantations.