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HKFP Lens: Photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s taken by industrialist Lord Lawrence Kadoorie

Hong Kong industrialist, hotelier and philanthropist Lord Lawrence Kadoorie is known for the key role he played in the development of Hong Kong.
But he was also a keen amateur photographer, and regularly carried a camera with him as he went about daily life.

The modern looking Yau Ma Tei ferry offers a sharp contrast to the traditional Chinese junks sailing across Castle Peak Bay.

To mark its 10th anniversary, the Hong Kong Heritage Project has put together a collection of previously unpublished photographs showing Hong Kong life in the 50s taken by Kadoorie.

The local wet market in Yau Ma Tei.

The photographs capture daily life and changing landscapes as the city underwent a period of rapid social and economic development after World War II.

A glimpse of the thriving Kowloon across Victoria Harbour.

The Eye on Hong Kong exhibition will be held at Hong Kong City Hall from September 28 to October 4.

Baby with big chopsticks.

The Hong Kong Club at night.

Left: The launch of a Star Ferry vessel at Whampoa Dockyard. Right: Catering service was the most popular lunch option amongst local office workers in Central. Hot meals feeding the whole company were delivered with eating utensils, most often on foot.

Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, completed in 1957, was the biggest engineering project ever taken in Hong Kong then. Hills around the reservoir were barren before afforestation bears fruit.

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HKFP Lens: Photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s taken by industrialist Lord Lawrence Kadoorie