The Strand [Hotel], Rangoon
Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Strand Hotel in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma, taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. The hotel was built in 1896 for the Sarkies Brothers, founders of two other famous colonial hotels, Raffles Hotel in Singapore and the Bangkok Oriental. The Strand was advertised in Murray’s Handbook of 1911 as the “Leading Hotel in the East” and was patronised by many distinguished guests. It is a white stucco building on Strand Road facing the Rangoon River. This is a general view from the street of the main façade of the hotel with palm trees in the foreground. Klier, of German origin, began as a professional photographer in Moulmein in Lower Burma in 1871. In a few years he had built up a considerable reputation and based himself in Rangoon. He took hundreds of photographs, mostly for Europeans, both as a memoir of their stay in Burma and to feed the great interest in pictures of the country in Europe. He was known as a specialist in art photography and his work was published in art books. He was interested in portraying images of mosaics, woodcarving and other crafts of Burma. In fact he later became a dealer in arts and crafts such as silverware and furniture.