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Teashop on Shanghai Street, 1982, Keith Macgregor
Keith Macgregor. Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

10 stunning photos of old Hong Kong captured by Keith Macgregor

Revisit our city in its prime during the 70s and 80s

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Olivia Lai
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Veteran photographer Keith Macgregor documented Hong Kong extensively during his time here between the 1970s and 1990s, capturing the contrast between the city’s British and Chinese cultures. Presenting his works here in an exhibition setting at Usagi in Central with the help of Blue Lotus GalleryMacgregor takes viewers down memory lane between November 3-19 with incredible images of our city of old.

There are also two meet-and-greet sessions with the man himself on November 10 and 17, 2pm-6pm. They ought to be a great opportunity for audiences to gain insight into the artist’s process and work. Don’t miss them.

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10 stunning photos of old Hong Kong

Shanghai Street, 1980

Image: Keith Macgregor | Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

The Pawn Shop & Tram, Johnston Road, 1990

Image: Keith Macgregor | Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

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Gough Street – View from Hollywood Road, 1979

Image: Keith Macgregor | Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

Teashop on Shanghai Street, 1982

Image: Keith Macgregor | Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

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Junk & Central

Image: Keith Macgregor | Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

Last Cricket Match, 1984

Image: Keith Macgregor | Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

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Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower and Railway Station, 1973

Image: Keith Macgregor | Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

Sampans in Aberdeen, 1980

Image: Keith Macgregor | Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

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Neon Fantasy of Nathan Road from Above

Aside from rare images of old Hong Kong, Macgregor is also presenting a new series titled Neon Fantasies, where the artist reimagines Hong Kong overtaken by its iconic neon signs rather than suffering dwindling numbers. Macgregor photographs street scenes and than digitally collage them to create Blade Runner-esque images.

Image: Keith Macgregor | Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

Mong Kok Street Neon Fantasy

Image: Keith Macgregor | Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

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