"HKG", the namesake of Hong Kong's airport code, is a photo documentation of Hong Kong immediately before and after its historic transfer of sovereignty from Britain to China in June 30, 1997. Under the unprecedented arrangement between the two countries, Hong Kong was promised "no change" for 50 years. Has this really been the case? Has communist China lived up to its promise that Hong Kong people would be left to run Hong Kong?
The timing of the publication coincides with the 20th anniversary of communist rule of the former colony. Award-winning documentary photographer Vincent Yu publishes "HKG" with the intention of re-visiting the past and drawing parallels with the state of events in Hong Kong at present. For two decades, Hong Kong struggles to deal with its new identity with China tightening its grip, on the one hand, while Hong Kong people fights for more autonomy on the other.
"HKG", which contains over 70 black and white photos produced by Yu between 1987 to 2007, poignantly explores and reflects on the changes that have taken place in this transient city over a period of political and social significance and serves as a timestamp of Hong Kong during this unique and important chapter of history.
HKG – 20th Anniversary Edition｜Vincent Yu／余偉建｜ISBN: 978-1-912339-21-1｜235mm x 210mm｜160 pages｜Hardcover｜Language: Chinese and English｜Edition: 500｜Published by brownie publishing ltd｜Aug 2018