City of Darkness Revisited


Still in the early stages of planning, a variety of talks and exhibitions are being arranged to coincide with the book’s launch. As dates and itineraries become known they will be announced here. Look out for further news closer to the time or register to receive important announcements as they are posted.


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A BOX OF PRINTS

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A folio of 14 x 18 inch prints has been available via the ‘Order a Print’ (see right) for some time and this selection has been expanded in recent months, together with the addition of larger 25.5 x 30 inch prints in limited editions of 8 or 10.


If it is not a framed print you are after, however, Ian and Greg are pleased to introduce these boxed sets of eight 8 x 10 inch prints. These are all produced to full archive quality on heavyweight art paper, with each set of individual images packaged in an elegant (and sturdy) box, specially designed by Evelyn Hwang of Hwang Concepts Limited who designed the cover of the softback cover for the original version of City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City.


Both boxed sets have been produced in limited editions of 50 each and are available at a price of £180.00 (US$270 / HK$2200) for the selection of Ian Lambot’s photographs shown here and £320.00 (US$480 / HK$ 3850) for Greg’s. Only Ian’s selection is illustrated here at the moment – images and order instructions for Greg’s box will be added in the next few days. Please go to the ‘Order a Print’ page to find out more.


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AT THE GALLERY

Hanging the show, only hours before the launch party was due to begin

Hanging the show, only hours before the launch party was due to begin


It seems an awfully long time ago now but just two months ago (as I write), back at the beginning of September, City of Darkness Revisited was launched in Hong Kong with a party and exhibition held in the rather grand surroundings of The Space on Hollywood Raod

It was a close-run thing with the first books arriving from the printers during the afternoon, just hours before the launch party. But in the end of course, as all those who attended can attest, the party was great a success, the only downside – in terms of this post at least – being that both Greg and I were enjoying ourselves so much that neither of us thought to take any photographs of the celebrations. Not too bright, really but we were probably both so relieved that the books had finally been completed and delivered, that nothing else mattered.

The photographs here, then, were taken over the following three days and despite appearances the show was well attended. My thanks, therefore, to all those who came along, but just as importantly my thanks also to Jacqueline Furniss and CK Mann at Widerhall who made such a beautiful job of the photographic prints, and to Clive Miners and his team at Rich Creations International for their help framing the prints and hanging the show.


The first print emerges from the machine at Widerhall

The first print emerges from the machine at Widerhall


A finished print awaits framing

A finished print awaits framing


There were 42 prints in all on display, 22 of Ian’s and 20 of Greg’s, the majority printed as 16 x 24 inch or 16 x 19.2 inch archival pigment prints on the finest art quality paper. Greg’s images are available in editions of 10 and Ian’s in editions of 8, all of which can can be ordered on this website via the ‘Order a Print’ page indicated to the right. All of Ian’s photographs are also available at the larger size as a 40 x 50 inch archival print, or at 48 x 60 inches mounted as an acrylic-aluminium museum print. Please email for further details.


Greg watches as a group of his 'rooftop' photographs takes shape

Greg watches as a group of his ‘rooftop’ photographs takes shape


The hanging goes on

The hanging goes on


The City in the early 1970s and late 1980s

The City in the early 1970s and late 1980s


The morning after the launch party and the show awaits its first visitors

The morning after the launch party and the show awaits its first visitors


Two of the larger prints separated by a grouping of 24 x 19.2 inch prints

Two of the larger prints separated by a grouping of 24 x 19.2 inch prints


Four of Ian's 24 x 19.2 inch prints

Four of Ian’s 24 x 19.2 inch prints

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BUILDING M+

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With tourism an ever more important part of Hong Kong’s economy, the Hong Kong government has invested in a number of schemes in recent years, aimed at positioning the city as an exciting ‘destination’. And among the most ambitious of these is the West Kowloon Cultural District, a major new centre for the performing and visual arts soon to break ground on reclaimed land alongside the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, overlooking Victoria Harbour.

Several new venues, many by major international architects, are planned for the area, perhaps the most audacious of which is M+, a new multidisciplinary museum dedicated to the visual culture of Hong Kong, China and the surrounding region, focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and the moving image. Designed by the renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron (in association with TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK) and due for completion in late 2017, the future M+ building was unveiled to the public at a recent exhibition in Hong Kong, the fifth in a series of Mobile M+ events called ‘Building M+ : The Museum and Architecture Collection’.

Here, alongside a detailed exploration of Herzog & de Meuron’s new design and an overview of the other short-listed schemes, was a major display presenting for the first time the museum’s growing and unprecedented architecture collection. In just 10 short months the Architecture collection’s curator Aric Chen and his team have so far amassed a stunning collection of around 1000 drawings, models, videos and photographs, an astonishing achievement for a totally new type of museum with no precedent in the region and, indeed, very few worldwide.

And among the 100 or so items Aric and his team decided to display, we are pleased to say was a brand new archival-quality photograph of the Kowloon Walled City: the aerial view beloved by so many websites but now printed properly to the highest standards and on authorised public display for the first time. Like the rest of the items on display, the print will go on to become part of the M+’s permanent collection.


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