Hong Kong was first photographed when the British arrived in 1841 to lay claim to its “fragrant harbour.” Since then, photography has chronicled its fascinating history, from its rapid expansion as a Crown Colony to its handover to China in 1997 and its current status as one of the world’s leading international financial centres.
Hong Kong Then and Now juxtaposes rare and previously unseen photographs with contemporary views taken from the exact location to highlight the rich and varied history of this ever-changing metropolis, from Victoria Harbour, the Hong Kong Club, and the Star Ferry to Kowloon Walled City, Chek Lap Kok Airport, and the gleaming skyscrapers of its central banking district.
Sites include Victoria Harbour, the Peak, the Star Ferry Pier, Man Ho Temple, Ladder Street, Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong Club, Prince’s Building, HSBC, Noonday Gun, Happy Valley Racecourse, Tiger Balm Garden, Peninsula Hotel, Kai Tak Airport, Kowloon Walled City, Shenzhen, Repulse Bay, Chek Lap Kok Airport, St. Paul’s (Macau).
January 2021: A new year calls for new discoveries! While we are still experiencing the city’s fourth pandemic wave, which has resulted in temporary closures of numerous events, there are still plenty of fun and safe things you can see and do in town. Done something on this list and loved it?
For the latest edition of Format Picks, our monthly contest, we asked artists to submit images of urban space. The winners Amritha Vadi and Patricio Jose Morocho stood out with their unique depictions of Hong Kong and New York, but we saw hundreds more incredible entries.