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HKFP Lens: How much food can a Hongkonger on the poverty line buy?

The Poverty Line explores a simple question: what does poverty mean in different countries? The project is a collaboration between noted photographer Stefen Chow and economist Hui-Yi Lin. It began in China in 2010 and has since expanded to 28 countries across 6 continents.

The Poverty Line uses the universal lens of food to examine the choices you would face if you lived on the poverty line.
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Bread, Hong Kong, HKD 25.25, October 2015. Photo: Photo: Stefen Chow, INSTITUTE.

Each picture denotes the amount of food a person at the poverty line (HK$25.25) can buy on a single day in Hong Kong.
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Vegetables, Hong Kong, HKD 25.25, October 2015. Photo: Photo: Stefen Chow, INSTITUTE.

Over 3,000 images sourced from the Hong Kong community in October will be featured at PMQ in Central from November 27 to December 6, 2015 as a large-scale site-specific installation. It will form part of the Detour 2015 programme.
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Bread, Hamburg, Germany, HKD 50.56, November 2011. Photo: Stefen Chow, INSTITUTE.

Through the open call and exhibition, and the partnership with local charity Food Angel, the project hopes to raise awareness about poverty and food choices and inspire action.
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Chrysanthemum Flowers, Beijing, China, HKD 7.69, March 2012. Photo: Stefen Chow, INSTITUTE.

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Eggplant, Arles, France, HKD 58.74, November 2011. Photo: Stefen Chow, INSTITUTE.

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Octopus, Tokyo, Japan, HKD 37.04, February 2011. Photo: Stefen Chow, INSTITUTE.

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Pork Buns, Hong Kong, HKD 44.96, July 2011. Photo: Stefen Chow, INSTITUTE.

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The Poverty Line Team Mr. Stefan Chow and Ms. Hui-yi Lin. Photo: Stefen Chow.

HKFP Lens: How much food can a Hongkonger on the poverty line buy?