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HKFP Lens: ‘City of Darkness’⁠ – Greg Girard and Ian Lambot revisit Kowloon’s long-gone Walled City

Blue Lotus Gallery presents “City of Darkness”—a photo exhibition by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot revisiting the long-gone Walled City of Kowloon.
Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Greg Girard’s ‘Children playing on Walled City rooftop’. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Before its demolition, the two photographers set out to capture the Walled City because “for all of its horrible shortcomings, its builders and residents succeeded in creating what modern architects, with all their resources of money and expertise, have failed to: the city as ‘organic megastructure,’ not set rigidly for a lifetime but continually responsive to the changing requirements of its users, fulfilling every need from water supply to religion, yet providing also the warmth and intimacy of a single huge household…” the duo said.
Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Greg Girard’s ‘Noodle Factory Desktop’. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Kowloon’s densely populated Walled City was home to some 35,000 people at its peak.
Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Greg Girard’s ‘Rooftop and Plane’. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Demolition of the Walled City was completed in 1994.
Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Greg Girard’s ‘Walled City, Tung Tau Tsuen Rd’. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Blue Lotus Gallery will be exhibiting “City of Darkness” in its gallery at 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, from Friday, November 8 to Sunday, December 8, with its opening reception being held on Thursday, November 7 from 6-9pm and an artist talk with Ian Lambot on Saturday, November 9 from 4-6pm.
Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Greg Girard’s ‘Kowloon Walled City Night View from SW Corner’. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Exhibition opening hours will be from 11am-6pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Greg Girard’s ‘Convenience Store with Living Quarters’. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Greg Girard’s ‘Cafe, Tung Tau Tsuen Road, Kowloon Walled City. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Greg Girard’s ‘Noodle Factory and Family Residence’. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Ian Lambot’s ‘South Facade’. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Ian Lambot’s ‘Water Standpipe #2’. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Ian Lambot’s ‘South Facade’. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Ian Lambot’s ‘Aerial View #2’. Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Greg Girard’s ‘Kowloon Walled City, from Tung Tau Tsuen Road’ (left) and Ian Lambot’s ‘Caged Balconies #1’ (right). Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

Greg Girard and Ian Lambo Kowloon City of Darkness

Ian Lambot’s ‘Stairway #1’ (left) and ‘Lung Chun Back Street’ (right). Photo: Christina Jensen/Blue Lotus.

More information on the exhibition can be found on the Blue Lotus Gallery website or on Facebook.

HKFP Lens: 'City of Darkness'⁠ - Greg Girard and Ian Lambot revisit Kowloon's long-gone Walled City