|Active Dates:||1861 - circa 1909|
West Malaysia (division (national))
Malay Peninsula (peninsula)
|Photographs:||See list of photographs|
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August E. Kaulfuss was born and educated in Rohnstock, Silesia. He served in the German Navy for two years, probably in the late 1870s or early 1880s. Circa 1876-circa 1878 Kaulfuss worked in the photographic studio of Otto van Bosch in Frankfurt. After this he worked as a photographer in various parts of Germany. He arrived in Penang (also known as Pinang) in 1883. In 1886 he established a photographic firm. The firm was based at 9 Farquhar Street and, in 1908, was the oldest established photographic firm in Penang.
Wright states that Kaulfuss: '...has travelled extensively, having traversed on foot the whole of the Malay Peninsula, from Province Wellesley in the north to Johore in the south, at a time when there were few good roads and no railways. He explored the country behind the territory of Kedah, prospecting for minerals, and visited Bangkok. He is photographer to H.H. the Sultan of Kedah, and has taken a unique collection of photographs in the Malay Peninsula' (1908).