The Colonial Expired: 1995-2000
Shortly before the 1997 Handover, I photographed many ceremonies of the British retreating from Hong Kong as well as people’s daily life and traditional festivals, hoping to explore with images the transition of a city where east meets west. In my work, you’ll find plenty symbols of a colony, tradition, locals, contrasts, and some “Hong Kong” culture doomed to vanish after the Handover, such as Tiu Keng Leng (Little Taiwan) and serving British troops. The pictures were taken to capture to changes and emotions of Hong Kong identity in transition.
Ducky Tse is a prominent documentary photographer in Hong Kong, and a highly productive one at that. He has published a substantial number of publications since the mid-90s including “Close-Up Hong Kong”, one of his several collaborations with Programme for Hong Kong Cultural Studies in Chinese University of Hong Kong. His in-your-face styled street photography, which are clearly influenced by photographers like Gary Winogrand and Bruce Gilden, express well the intangible mental state of the people in the era.
[ Part of the IPA HONG KONG & TAIWAN SHOWCASE ]