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Best art galleries in Hong Kong for photography

We uncover the best art institutions in town for fans of photography

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and digital cameras (oh, and Instagram), photography is now a near-constant presence in our daily lives. Especially in a place as beautiful as Hong Kong. While we have plenty of art galleries in the city, there are a handful of speciality galleries that dedicate themselves to discovering photographs worthy of being considered art. Here are just some of our favourites photography art galleries in Hong Kong. 

RECOMMENDED: Fancy being the photographer yourself? Hit up some of these places for street photography, or go retro and pick up a film camera at one of these stores.

Hong Kong’s best photo galleries

  • Art
  • Sai Ying Pun

Bamboo Scenes was originally established in 2017 by Madelon de Grave as an online-only platform for Hong Kong-based photographers. Giving them the opportunity to share their works with a broader audience, local art lovers are able to browse through and collect prints at affordable prices.

“What I love about photography is that it captures little moments that we wouldn’t notice on a regular day,” de Grave tells us. “It is a common visual language that can bring people together.” The gallery now has a permanent space in Sai Ying Pun, where you can view works and pick up prints. 10% of sale profits are also donated to charity. “Our task is to make these images more permanent than just digital while also challenging the art scene.”

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  • Sheung Wan

Sarah Greene founded Blue Lotus Gallery more than a decade ago with the original aim of focusing on local artists. It was a collaboration with printing house Asia One that ignited her interest in photography. “Photography is the media with the most direct translation of reality,” states Greene, adding that Blue Lotus was “the first to consistently build programmes around exploring Hong Kong’s identity through photography”. The gallery’s biggest achievements include the rediscovery of local artist Fan Ho and the publication of Marcel Heijnen’s popular Hong Kong Shop Cats. Start here to discover the next big thing in Hong Kong photography.

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  • Museums
  • Specialist interest
  • Happy Valley

Housed in an 80-year-old three-storey art deco flat since 2014, F11 is the city’s first and only private photo museum and gallery. “Our mission is to promote the appreciation of photography, conservation and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings, and to have more private museums established in Hong Kong,” explains founder and director Douglas So.

Keen to educate the populace about the world of photography and how it has evolved into an important art form through which artists express their creativity, aesthetic sense and feelings, F11 has exhibited the likes of Pulitzer Prize winner Sergey Ponomarev, renowned French photographer and painter Jacques Henri Lartigue and Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin. Be sure to make an appointment before visiting.

Kakahuette
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Kakahuette

Whether you want to add a touch of quirk to your living room with some minimalist art, a black and white photograph to fit with your sophisticated pad, or you're looking for something that's uniquely Hong Kong to hang on the wall, Kakahuette has the answer. Providing quality art at an affordable price (with a sleek website to boot), this art photography gallery actively seeks to collaborate with emerging artists, both within Hong Kong and around the globe, to produce unique and high-quality art prints. 

Not only does Kakahuette allows you to browse and categorise art prints by individual artists, but each of them also has their own bio page so you can find out more about the eyes behind the lens. If you see something you like, you can customise it however you want. From the size of the print to the type of frame you want, all you need to do is just hang it up on the wall! Sprucing up your home has never been easier. Visit kakahuette.com.

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  • Art
  • Soho

Established in 2014, La Galerie strives to be a bridge between Asian and western artists. Changing the traditional perspective people have of photography, the gallery strives to create a platform for different artists to tell their own stories in their own unique, creative ways. Since photographic works tend to have more than one copy, photographs at La Galerie are more affordable than the average painting. Budding collectors can start here and own the same masterpieces as those in museums.

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  • Shek Kip Mei

A non-profit art organisation founded by four veteran photographers more than 10 years ago, Lumenvisum is an open platform that encourages cultural and educational exchanges between artists and art lovers. Since its opening, the gallery has collaborated with more than 60 local artists, including Yau Leung, So Hing-Keung, and Joseph Fung. Be enchanted by the works of local talents and expand your worldview via their refreshing perspectives.

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  • Shopping
  • Central

One of the earliest and most reliable destinations for photography in Hong Kong, YellowKorner acts both as a retailer for and an art gallery. Introducing brilliant photographers from both our hometown and around the world, founders Alexandre de Metz and Paul-Antoine Briat wanted to make art photography accessible to everyone. That’s why at YellowKorner, you can easily find prints at $600 by acclaimed photographers like Laurent Baheux and Hong Kong’s very own Andy Yeung. The black backdrop of the shop interior also makes it an enhanced viewing experience when you’re browsing the works here. 

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