Stunning photos of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City show life inside the crowded, lawless enclave before it was razed 25 years ago

South China Morning Post 發布於 2019年11月15日09:11 • Kylie Knott kylie.knott@scmp.com
  • Before Kowloon Walled City was demolished in 1994, its 300 interconnected buildings were home to 50,000 people
  • Infamous for drugs and prostitution, it was also home to factories, shops, restaurants and everything a city needed
Kowloon Walled City is depicted in stunning fashion by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot in photos including “Children playing on Walled City rooftop (1989)”, above, by Girard. Photo: courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

Kowloon Walled City, a densely packed and lawless warren of 300 interconnected buildings in Hong Kong's Kowloon City district, was demolished in 1994.

Plenty of photographers had documented life inside the China-controlled enclave by the time the wrecking crews moved in.

Some of the best images were taken by Greg Girard, a Canadian, and Briton Ian Lambot.

The pair were fascinated by the community which, before being cleared out for demolition, was home to 50,000 people, and was known as the most densely populated place on earth.

Lambot and Girard's body of work, titled City Of Darkness, is on show at the Blue Lotus Gallery in Hong Kong.

South Facade (1989) by Ian Lambot. Photo: courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Rooftop apartment, Walled City (1991) by Greg Girard. Photo: courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Walled City, Tung Tau Tsuen Rd (1987) by Greg Girard. Photo: courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Noodle Factory and Family Residence (1989) by Greg Girard. Photo: courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Rooftop and Plane (1989) by Greg Girard. Photo: courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Noodle Factory Desktop (1989) by Greg Girard. Photo: courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Convenience Store with Living Quarters (1989) by Greg Girard. Photo: courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Cafe, Tung Tau Tsuen Road, Kowloon Walled City (1989) by Greg Girard. Photo: courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Dentist's Chair (1989) by Ian Lambot. Photo: courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Lung Chun Back Street by Ian Lambot. Photo: courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

City of Darkness, Blue Lotus Gallery, 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, until December 8.

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