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HKFP Lens: ‘The Hongkongers’ – Nicolas Petit’s candid street photography project

For two years, Brussels-born documentary maker Nicolas Petit has been documenting Hong Kong through candid street photographs, capturing the daily life of some of its 7.3 million people.
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Photo: Nicolas Petit.

An NGO worker by profession, his passion for street photography started in 2014, when he travelled 9,300 kilometres overland from Brussels to Hong Kong.
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Photo: Nicolas Petit.

“The HongKongers project is an ongoing, open-ended personal meditation on Hong Kong,” he told HKFP. “It is driven by curiosity and creative inquiry.”
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Photo: Nicolas Petit.

“I’m particularly interested in portraying the city through a humanist lens using the medium of candid photography.”
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Photo: Nicolas Petit.

“By focusing on everyday human experience and the ‘fantasticality’ of the street, a gallery of characters is being built which ultimately reflect the character of the city itself.”
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Photo: Nicolas Petit.

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Photo: Nicolas Petit.

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Photo: Nicolas Petit.

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Photo: Nicolas Petit.

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Photo: Nicolas Petit.

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Photo: Nicolas Petit.

See more of Petit’s photography collection here.

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HKFP Lens: 'The Hongkongers' - Nicolas Petit's candid street photography project