Guest Talk – Gregory Girard

We will have Photographer Gregory Girard in our next colloquium held on 24 Oct 2017 (Tuesday) to give a talk on the topic “HK:PM. Photographing the City One Night at a Time”.

Date: 24 Oct 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Gregory Girard

Topic: HK:PM. Photographing the City One Night at a Time

Abstract:
Greg Girard will be talking about his latest book of photographs, “HK:PM. Hong Kong Night Life 1974-1989”, made on early visits to Hong Kong in the 1970s and later during the 1980s when he moved to the city and eventually called it home for 15 years. HK:PM is a record of a young photographer’s nocturnal wanderings through the city, including the bars, tattoo parlours, hotels and nightclubs, and the people who inhabit them. Other scenes depict the pre-dawn emptiness of the city’s streets and alleys bathed in the artificial colours of neon rendered on film. Although the pictures were made in and of the moment, after thirty years or more they serve a new role as an unintended document of Hong Kong’s unique streetscapes, signage and built environment. They also explore many of the themes that Girard would later develop in book-length projects such as “City of Darkness” (1993) and “City of Darkness Revisited” (2014), about the Kowloon Walled City, and “Phantom Shanghai” (2007), looking at China’s largest city as it raced to make itself modern again. Girard is visiting Hong Kong for the launch of “HK:PM” and an exhibition of his photographs at PMQ in Central, Oct 27-Nov 12, sponsored by Blue Lotus Gallery.

About the Speaker:
Greg Girard is a Canadian photographer whose work has examined the social and physical transformations in Asia’s largest cities for more than three decades. Based in Shanghai between 1998 and 2011, Girard’s photographic monograph, “Phantom Shanghai” (Magenta, Toronto, 2007), with a foreword by novelist William Gibson, looks at the rapid and at times violent transition of Shanghai as the city raced to make itself modern again at the beginning of the 21st Century. “City of Darkness Revisited”, released in 2014, revives an early collaboration with co-author Ian Lambot, and updates their original book, “City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City” (Watermark, 1993). His latest books, published in 2017, are “Under Vancouver: 1972-1982”, by The Magenta Foundation; and “Hotel Okinawa” which examines the social and physical landscape of US military bases and their host communities in Okinawa, published by The Velvet Cell. Other titles include Hanoi Calling (Magenta, Toronto, 2010); and In the Near Distance (Kominek, Berlin, 2010), a book of early photographs made in Asia and North America between 1973 and 1986. His work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery and other public and private collections. He is represented by Monte Clark Gallery, Canada. In addition to book projects and gallery work Girard is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine

To find out more about Gregory Girard, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

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