Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.

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A Stunning Look At The Dense Concrete Jungle Of Hong Kong During The 1930s

Hong Kong is a small island that’s tucked away under the belly of China. Many have heard of its name from either Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan films, or because they’re aware of just how delicious dim sum food is. Often mistaken for being somewhere in Japan or Korea, the tiny island of 8 million is a place of enigma for many outside of South East Asia.

The upcoming Ghost in the Shell film starring Scarlett Johansson will certainly help highlight much of the intensely dense concrete jungle that makes up the majority of its main island and surrounding new territories (or perhaps you remember those scenes from Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, or Batman’s The Dark Knight), however celebrated photographer, film director, and actor Ho Fan has shone a very different like on the city.

Taken way back during the 1930’s Fan was able to capture the incredibly stunning cityscape of Hong Kong, from its dense and clutters streets to the teeming markets, to the captivating play of light and shadows from its myriad cracks in-between the walls-upon-walls of buildings. Hong Kong has never looked quite as magical as it does in Ho Fan’s images. Check out selects from the artist’s photo book Hong Kong Memoir throughout.

Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.