HKFP objective: Greg Girard’s HK UNSEEN photo exhibition presents the city’s “golden age”
The Blue Lotus Gallery in Hong Kong is launching a new “HK UNSEEN” exhibition to showcase the city’s “golden age” captured by Canadian photographer Greg Girard, who spent the 1980s roaming its streets.
“I first visited Hong Kong in 1974, and made several visits thereafter before moving to the city in 1982, and staying based until 1998,” the photographer said, first arrived at the age of 18 on a freighter from San Francisco.
“Most of the photographs were taken before I became a professional photographer, and they show the Hong Kong I explored without any thought on how the images might be viewed or where they might end up.
The exhibit presents glimpses of Hong Kong through Girard’s lens that have never been exhibited before. Crowded trams, an ocean of neon signs, passenger jets hovering over Kowloon and a lively bar in Wan Chai – organizers hope the showcase “will carry [viewers] in the 80s, relive memories of times long gone.
“Like any ‘golden age’, you don’t realize you were living there much later,” Girard said. “Maybe the 1980s were special because popular culture, especially movies but also music, played such an important role in defining what Hong Kong was like at the time.”
HK UNSEEN begins November 10 and runs through December 11 at the Blue Lotus Gallery as part of the HKIPF 2021 satellite exhibition. The gallery will hold a Zoom conference with Girard on November 27.