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Dustin Shum 岑允逸

Cho Yiu Chuen, 4/2011Blocks (2014)
Hong Kong

Dustin Shum utilizes his signature topographic work to depict the relationship between individuals and urban spaces and the transformation of Chinese cities and towns in rapidly developing economy. This time he focuses on the public housing in Hong Kong in which he’s a tenant. Wandering in the public space of the various public housing estates through these years, he showcased to us many scenes that looked ridiculous and surreal. The “Eternal City” in Ancient Rome, where buildings from different historical periods co-existed and overlapped in disharmony, was used as a metaphor of the mental lives of human beings.


Dustin Shum was born, and currently lives, in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Photographic Design. Being a photojournalist for more than ten years, he now works as a freelance photographer. Shum has received many awards for outstanding documentary photography over the years, including those by the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association, World Association of Newspapers and Publishers, and Amnesty International.