Hong Kong through a lens
Six of the city's finest photographers capture the spirit of the SAR from their own unique perspectives
It's no secret that Hong Kong is incredibly photogenic. Look at any Facebook profile, Instagram feed or set of tourist snaps, and you'll find jaw-dropping images of its incomparable skyline, Kowloon's neon glow and picturesque streetscapes, the territory over.
But beneath this spectacular, but superficial, layer, there's a spirit that can only be captured after a much longer relationship. That's why, for this photography special, we asked Hong Kong's top photographers to capture the city using five different concepts – a quintet of themes that touch on the intangible essence of Hong Kong:
Check out the entries to our photography competition on the Time Out Hong Kong Facebook page (competition now closed).
Stanley Wong aka Anothermountainman
Stanley Wong is the everywhere man of the Hong Kong creative scene. Along with his significant CV in design, film and advertising, Wong – also known by his artist moniker anothermountainman – has built a reputation as a photographer. He is best known for his redwhiteblue series, featuring tri-colour tarpaulin, but through his photography he has also created several acclaimed series based on the themes of Kanzi, the Silk Road and the late artist, the King of Kowloon. anothermountainman.com
British-born Graham Uden has shot everything from editorial features to travel, sport and haute couture. Since arriving in Hong Kong more than 20 years ago, he has been roughed up by ex-President Clinton's secret service bodyguards, held up by AK-47-toting ex-Khmer Rouge soldiers and narrowly missed suicide bombs in Baghdad. He was won numerous awards for both his editorial and corporate work. grahamuden.com
Also known as Bobpin, Bobby Sham is a photo artist and art administrator. Previously vice-chairman of Cattle Depot Artist Village and Videotage, Sham is now a lecturer at the City University of Hong Kong's School of Creative Media as well as the secretary of the Hong Kong Photographic Cultural Association and the initiator of the Hong Kong International Photo Festival. He has held several significant exhibitions, including in Beijing's 798 Art Zone. Several of Sham's large format works have been collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
Paul Yeung Tak-ming
Paul Yeung embarked on a profession in photojournalism in 2000 and, since then, he has also been acting as chairman of the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association and lecturing on photojournalism at Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has received more than 20 awards from The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Press Photographers Association and was selected as one of 14 "New Generation Photographers" at the Hong Kong Photography Festival 2010. He has had his work displayed at London's National Portrait Gallery and held his first solo photography exhibition 'The Flower Show' at Blindspot Gallery in 2012.
For the last 20 years, London-born Furniss has been fascinated by Hong Kong's urban landscape. His initially-simple and straightforward records on film developed into ever more complicated narratives through multiple exposures and contact sheets. A lot of Furniss' work focuses on a hyper-repetitive approach to his subjects, which makes being in the right place at the right time an important element of his images – some taking decades to achieve before the elements fall into place. Nature still plays an enormous role in shaping his work – extremes of sun, wind, tides and rain – not to mention the vagaries of human behaviour. williamfurniss.com
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