Hong Kong x 24 x 365
A Year in the Life of a City
ISBN : 978-962-209-817-6
176 pages, 11″ x 8.5″, 260 color illus.
. . . the colonial era
. . . the return to Chinese sovereignty
. . . the Asian economic crisis
. . . the property slump
. . . SARS
. . . half a million people marching for democracy on 1 July 2003
. . . after . . . History with a capital ‘H’, which visited Hong Kong for the 1997 handover, had moved its spotlight somewhere else (to economically burgeoning mainland China, perhaps) . . .
. . . and BEFORE . . . well, who knows, but certainly before fully democratic elections,
. . . Hong Kong was left becalmed, with a sense that things were not really moving forward.
This in-between phase, without major dramas, where history was only with a small ‘h’, is the subject of this locally orientated micro-historical analysis of one of the world’s great cities—which had so lost self-confidence in this period that it started promoting itself as ‘Asia’s World City’, but which might yet prove to be a city that changes China (and therefore the world). Specifying this time, through a collection of colour photographs taken during a randomly chosen twelve-month period, David Clarke presents a year in the life of the city in which he has lived for the last two decades. An antidote to the tourist picture-postcard view of Hong Kong which is so often propagated to locals and visitors alike, these images and their accompanying text are produced from a proximity which enables both a critical engagement with the city and a celebration of its uniqueness. Personal in its perspective, this extended photo essay invites you to join a fabricated journey through the real space of Hong Kong, looking awry at scenes too often photographed before, and looking anew at scenes too often overlooked.