Get us in your inbox

Search
Max Kong A Siou, Solitary
Max Kong A Siou, Solitary

Eight unmissable things to see at the Hong Kong International Photo Festival

From breathtaking black-and-white images to a vintage camera fair, here’s what not to miss at the biennial fest

Written by
Olivia Lai
Advertising

For a city that's incredibly photogenic – just check out some of our favourite stunning shots of Hong Kong – and home to many quality amateur and professional photographers, it only makes sense that Hong Kong has a festival that celebrates the medium. Taking place from October 26 to December 19, the Hong Kong International Photo Festival showcases both reputed international artists and local photographers via exciting exhibitions, talks and workshops. Look forward to works by artists like Daido Moriyama and Takuma Nakahira. There’s a lot happening during the month-and-a-half-long fest, so here’s our pick of the best things to see.

What to see at the Hong Kong International Photo Festival

Provoke the Age, the Acts: 50 years’ Quest for a Language to Come
© Eikoh Hosoe |Courtesy of Akio Nagasawa Gallery, Tokyo

Provoke the Age, the Acts: 50 years’ Quest for a Language to Come

The Hong Kong Photo Festival’s flagship exhibition sees stunning monochrome images originally published in legendary Japanese photography magazine Provoke displayed for the first time in 50 years. The publication only existed from 1970-71 and garnered renown for its images that subverted the traditional aesthetics of photography at the time – one of the most striking works on show is this Hosoe Eikoh semi-nude portrait. Oct 26-Dec 2. Daily 12pm-8pm. L0-L1 Gallery, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei.

Provoke the Age
© Hamaguchi Takashi. Courtesy of Case Co. Ltd.

Provoke the Age

Another artist highlighted at the flagship exhibition is documentary photographer Takashi Hamaguchi, whose portfolio features much political imagery, including this dramatic shot here. Hamaguchi captured this protest where farmers and students were seeking to halt the development of Tokyo’s Narita Airport and the demolition of nearby villages. Oct 26-Dec 2. Daily 12pm-8pm. L0-L1 Gallery, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei.

Advertising
Akushidento
© Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation |Courtesy of Akio Nagasawa Gallery, Tokyo

Akushidento

Also showcased at the Provoke the Age exhibition is the work of legendary Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama. Moriyama published a series of photographs titled Akushidento (Accident), in which he recreated photographs of accidents and traumatic events, questioning the true definition of is a documentary work. Oct 26-Dec 2. Daily 12pm-8pm. L0-L1 Gallery, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei.

Takuma Nakahira
© Gen Nakahira |Courtesy of Each Modern Gallery, Taipei

Takuma Nakahira

The second major exhibition presented at the Hong Kong Photo Festival is a solo show dedicated to the late Takuma Nakahira. An important yet underrated figure in Japanese photography, his experimental works – in his trademark rough, blury and out of focus style – helped revolutionise post-war Japanese photography and influenced countless artists. Nakahira eventually destroyed most of his photographs in 1973, so this showcase is a rare opportunity to see the enigmatic artist’s surviving works. Nov 3-27, Daily 12pm-8pm. H Code, 45 Pottinger St, Central.

Advertising
B/W Nostalgia

B/W Nostalgia

If you’re keen to explore beyond Japanese artists, try the group exhibition B/W Nostalgia held at Central Library, organised by a group of local photographers. The collection features the work of 26 artists and illustrates a diverse range of photographic and production techniques, from ‘straight’ printing to more unconventional methods like wet-plate photography and platinotypes. See how artists produced breathtaking images without the help of modern technology. Nov-23-27. Central Library, 66 Causeway Bay Rd, Causeway Bay.

The Case of Chai Wan Fire Station

The Case of Chai Wan Fire Station

Hong Kong photographer Chan Dick’s series Chai Wan Fire Station is a charming collection of photos capturing local firefighters’ everyday life from a bird’s eye view. This seminal series won Chan various awards in Hong Kong and in Japan. The man behind the lens and Onishi Hiroshi, founder of Tokyo-based Case Publishing, discuss their collaboration and offer tips for enthusiasts at this special talk. Nov 16, 7.30pm. Eslite Tsim Sha Tsui, 3 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Advertising
Classic Camera Fair

Classic Camera Fair

If you want to try your hand at film photography – or are just a fan of the genre – head over to the Classic Camera Fair where you can browse and take home vintage cameras, rare and modified models, re-launches of classic designs and everything in between. There are also accessories, film and photo book printing services available too. Nov 17-18, 11am-8pm. JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei.

Keen to see more photography in Hong Kong?

The best art galleries in Hong Kong for photography
  • Art

Selecting the photographs worthy of being considered art is no easy task as art galleries in Hong Kong have to sift through an increasing amount of dross to discover the true gems. Here are five institutions leading the way here in the city. 

Recommended
    You may also like
      Advertising