Occupy Hong Kong

Occupy Hong Kong documents the Occupy Central demonstrations during the October National Holiday of 2014. Shot at the protest sites of Mong Kok in Kowloon and Admiralty on Hong Kong island, the series depicts a variety of events including clashes between civilians and students, dense public rallies, and night-time vigils. It attempts to record the diversity of groups involved: the ardent convictions of young demonstrators, heated reactions of local bystanders, and the tentative impartiality of policemen and women. Their multiplicity of sentiments is testament to the complexity of Hong Kong’s political status and range of social issues being contended.

Occupy Hong Kong


Occupy Hong Kong documents the Occupy Central demonstrations during the October National Holiday of 2014. Shot at the protest sites of Mong Kok in Kowloon and Admiralty on Hong Kong island, the series depicts a variety of events including clashes between civilians and students, dense public rallies, and night-time vigils. It attempts to record the diversity of groups involved: the ardent convictions of young demonstrators, heated reactions of local bystanders, and the tentative impartiality of policemen and women. Their multiplicity of sentiments is testament to the complexity of Hong Kong’s political status and range of social issues being contended.

As a former British colony, Hong Kong returned to law under China in 1997 within the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy. A constitution known as the Hong Kong Basic Law is currently in effect whereby the territory maintains an independent judiciary, and residents are permitted broader civil freedoms than in mainland China. A decision by the central Chinese legislature in August 2014 to install limits on the nominations for the city’s 2017 leadership election led to wide-spread protests spearheaded by students but drawing support from a wide range of citizens.

Occupy Hong Kong was shot on assignment for Matter at Medium.com. An extended series with audio was published online by Foto8.

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