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HKFP Lens: ‘Cyberpunk is not Dead’ – photographer Michael Kistler explores Hong Kong’s after-dark neon glow

Photographer Michael Kistler’s latest solo project “Cyberpunk is not Dead” explores Hong Kong’s back streets and alleys, illuminated by an after-dark neon glow.
Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Kistler’s protagonist is the city itself, taking the form of shadowy characters that stalk the surrounding urban spaces.
Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Kistler is a Hong Kong-based artist specialising in fine art street photography. Hailing from Minneapolis, he has worked in numerous cities across the world. After spending more than a decade in Tokyo, he moved to Hong Kong in 2014.
Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Kistler said his time in Tokyo was key to the development of his photographic style, which often experiments with blur, movement and other abstract elements while drawing inspiration from renowned street photographers such as Daido Moriyama and Saul Leiter.
Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Kistler currently teachers bespoke urban photography workshops and is co-founder of Finding Yourself in the Streets, a series of international street photography workshops. He has taught workshops in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai, Minneapolis, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur and Yangon.
Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Kistler has also had solo and group shows in Tokyo, New York City, Astoria, Minneapolis, London, Dublin, and Porto.
Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Kistler’s current collections are with Hong Kong Arts Collective, Picture This, and the Artling.
Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Kistler’s temporary exhibition is open from January 17 to 31, 12-6pm, at 41 Water Street in Sai Ying Pun. Entry is free. More information can be found on Facebook.
Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

Michael Kistler Hong Kong Arts Collective

Photo: Michael Kistler.

HKFP Lens: 'Cyberpunk is not Dead' - photographer Michael Kistler explores Hong Kong's after-dark neon glow