TSE MING-CHONG

HK Magazine - - CULTURE -

Around 2006, we saw that dig­i­tal photography was be­com­ing more pop­u­lar. As pho­tog­ra­phers and ed­u­ca­tors, we set up Lu­men­vi­sum to pro­mote all as­pects of photography. We thought we needed to do some­thing to rouse the gen­eral pub­lic to pay at­ten­tion to im­ages, and we be­lieved peo­ple could learn that they could use pho­tos to ex­press their feel­ings and com­mu­ni­cate with oth­ers. It has al­ways been the vi­sion of Lu­men­vi­sum to try to pro­mote con­tem­po­rary Hong Kong photography. HK: What was the cu­ra­tion process for this ex­hibit? TMC: We talked to Euro­pean Photography a year ago. We stud­ied more than 100 pho­tog­ra­phers’ works, and held an open re­cruit­ment drive through Face­book. We re­ceived im­ages from over 100 peo­ple. From th­ese two re­sources, we se­lected the pieces we thought were the best. Then we found a theme: What does Hong Kong look like now?

is a pho­tog­ra­pher and founder of Lu­men­vi­sum, a photography/art gallery at the Jockey Club Cre­ative Arts Cen­tre. He was re­cently com­mis­sioned by Euro­pean Photography mag­a­zine to co-edit and cu­rate an is­sue on Hong Kong. The pho­to­graphs from the is­sue are cur­rently on dis­play at Lu­men­vi­sum. Tse tells Jes­sica Wei about pho­tog­ra­phers in Hong Kong, cu­rat­ing this ex­hibit, and how the city has changed.

The pho­tog­ra­phers who grew up in Hong Kong are more con­cerned about their feel­ings to­wards their home­land. They ex­press their own emo­tions to­wards the city, its so­cial is­sues, and how it has changed over the past 20 years. Pho­tog­ra­phers from abroad are more in­ter­ested in the ex­te­rior of the city—you’ll see some pho­tog­ra­phers fo­cused on the build­ings and the sky­line. HK: As a long­time pho­tog­ra­pher in the city, what do you fo­cus on?

TMC: Most of my work has been con­cerned about the peo­ple and their liv­ing con­di­tions. Not just in their daily lives, but psy­cho­log­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally; the re­la­tion­ship between the peo­ple and the city it­self, and how peo­ple re­act to the changes of the phys­i­cal space and the po­lit­i­cal land­scape of Hong Kong. This has been a long­time theme of my photography.

HK Mag­a­zine: What is the story of Lu­men­vi­sum? Tse Ming-chong: HK: What are th­ese pho­tog­ra­phers com­mu­ni­cat­ing in their work?

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