The ever-changing landscape of urban spaces and social phenomena that are part and parcel of city life are popular subjects among photographers. Capturing these transforming images on film, an eclectic group of lensmen and women have given impetus to the art of social landscapes within the tradition of documentary photography. Like flâneurs (city wanderers) in other genres, they focus their cameras on social vistas related to travel and living and, through the images they capture, reflect upon the causes of change in the community and its environs, sometimes even offering their own commentary and critique.
Our three guest curators for this exhibition – seasoned photographer and educator Joseph Hon-kee Fung, Blues Kai-yu Wong, co-founder of the pH5 Photo Group, and Wong Suk-ki, lecturer at the Academy of Visual Arts of the Hong Kong Baptist University – have selected some 140 works, dating from the 1950s to the present day, by 35 groups of photographers to showcase social landscape photography at its most poignant and powerful. Presented under the themes of Community Spaces and Visual Innovation, these images epitomise the development of contemporary documentary photography in Hong Kong.
The participating photographers include Anothermountainman, Chak Wai-leung, Chan Chik, Dick Kwong-yuen Chan, Raymond Wai-man Chan, Enoch Hong-sang Cheung, Karl Ka-wing Chiu, John Yuk-wai Choy, Almond Tak-wah Chu, Chung Man-lurk, Evangelo Costadimas, John Kin-chung Fung, Simon Man-ching Go, Alfred Chi-keung Ko, Lai Lon-hin, Lau Ching-ping, Leong Ka-tai, Leung Chi-wo & Sara Wong, Ivy King-chu Ma, Ng Sai-kit, Bobby Ka-ho Sham, Dustin Wan-yat Shum, Gretchen Sau-yi So, So Hing-keung, Leon Shu-kwan Suen, Tay Wei Leng, Ducky Chi-tak Tse, Tse Ming-chong, Simon Chi-chung Wan, Michael Wolf, Hisun Hi-sun Wong, Wong Kan-tai, Wong Wo-bik, Yau Leung and Vincent Wai-kin Yu.