HONG KONG x 24 x 365

HONG KONG x 24 x 365: A Year in the Life of a City

David Clarke
Copyright Date: 2007
Pages: 184
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    HONG KONG x 24 x 365
    Book Description:

    This in-between phase, without major dramas, where history was only with a small 'h', is the subject of this locally orientated micro-historical analysis of one of the world's great cities which had so lost self-confidence in this period that it started promoting itself as 'Asia's World City', but which might yet prove to be a city that changes China (and therefore the world). Specifying this time, through a collection of colour photographs taken during a randomly chosen twelve-month period, David Clarke presents a year in the life of the city in which he has lived for the last two decades. An antidote to the tourist picture-postcard view of Hong Kong which is so often propagated to locals and visitors alike, these images and their accompanying text are produced from a proximity which enables both a critical engagement with the city and a celebration of its uniqueness. Personal in its perspective, this extended photo essay invites you to join a fabricated journey through the real space of Hong Kong, looking awry at scenes too often photographed before, and looking anew at scenes too often overlooked.

    eISBN: 978-988-220-559-8
    Subjects: Art & Art History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
    (pp. 1-167)

    In 1984 the British and Chinese governments reached agreement that Hong Kong would return to Chinese sovereignty at midnight on 30 June 1997. From that point onwards Hong Kong’s inhabitants, who had been allowed no significant part in this decision concerning themselves and their city, lived with the sense of a countdown. They developed a heightened orientation towards a future whose form was already fixed even if its content was worryingly open. This atypical trajectory of decolonization, leading not to autonomy in the form of national selfhood but to absorption into a much larger entity with an alien political system...

    (pp. 168-170)

    All the images in this book were produced using digital cameras. The vast majority were taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20, which has a Leica lens with optical zoom equivalent to a 35-mm camera with a range of 36–432 mm. A few images taken for this project between August and September 2005 were made using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC70, which has a Leica lens with optical zoom between 35 and 105 mm (35-mm equivalent). The vast majority of images are presented here as they came from the camera, without any kind of digital manipulation having been made at a...

  4. Back Matter
    (pp. 171-171)