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The first 500 Post Portraits purchasers will be gifted a FREE NFT mystery box from our latest collection by ARTIFACTS by SCMP, HK25 Moments. This collection highlights the most impactful moments Hong Kong has experienced from the past 25 years and offers you a unique opportunity to own a piece of history from this period on the blockchain.
The South China Morning Post editors look back at the most defining moments of Hong Kong's 25 years since its return to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997 through a curated collection of 125 photos by the Post’s team of dedicated photographers. This photo journalistic coffee table book aims to capture a slice of the city’s most compelling moments in a way that reflects nostalgic emotions and nuances that storytelling alone can’t capture. By evoking our collective memory of the past, it also puts the present into perspective and attempts to instil a sense of hope in the future of this remarkable city.
Throughout the past decades of news coverage by the South China Morning Post, our award-winning photographers have been at the forefront, capturing every significant moment, come rain or shine. This photojournalistic book serves as a visual account of the last 25 years and a repository of contemporary and cultural memory. Through their lenses, we look back at the events that mattered, the people who made an impact, and the many changes that Hong Kong has been through. It is not only a retrospective, but also a reflection of the present, with an eye on the future
- ISBN: 978-962-8148-33-2
- Authors: Zuraidah Ibrahim, Natalie Wong, Tan Yi Hui, David Major
- Designer: Huy Truong
- Photo editing: David Au, Martin Chan, Robert Ng
- Pages: 228
- Product form: Hardback
- Dimensions: 28 cm x 28 cm
"Every memorable photo in this book is part of Hong Kong's remarkable story and has a tale of its own to tell. It's a good time for us to embark upon a voyage of rediscovery of all the magic and wonder that happened over the past 25 years at this place where many of us call home."
Former Executive Council convenor and M+ Museum chairman
“The palest ink is better than the strongest memory", as the Chinese observation on historical documentation rightly maintains. Much has happened in the last twenty-five years in Hong Kong; as contemporary events gradually recede from recent memory, and become another part of the local past, creation of a solid record is vitally important, as an important resource for the future. News photographs - visually exciting and compelling as they may be - offer far more to future historians than merely visual counterpoints to the story they accompany. What an individual photographer chose to record, at that particular instant, creates another historical document for future historians to explore - all are of lasting value. This wonderfully illustrated new work continues this documentary tradition, richly deserves a place on any bookshelf, and will undoubtedly become an important archival record of momentous times of transformation and resurgence in Hong Kong."
Hong Kong historian and writer
“Post Portraits gives readers a ringside seat to the evolution of Hong Kong since the 1997, when the British colonial masters departed, and as Hong Kong was returned to the sovereignty of China. The book vividly captures the challenges of administering a political construct, familiarly described as “One country two systems”, which is in many ways the first such mechanism of its kind. Post Portraits gives a rich insight into how Hong Kongers navigate this journey, which at times throws up economical challenges; at other, enters into politically uncharted waters. Here you will find testimony of the resilience of Hong Kong people to make their way in whatever difficult circumstances they face. Since 1997, Hong Kong has overcome not only its own doubts, but SARS in 2003, the worldwide financial crisis in 2008, and its own recent social turmoil. Post Portraits, its images together with their well-written captions, shows Hong Kong’s unmatched vitality that will serve its people well into the 21st century.”
Liu Heung Shing
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Author and Founder of Shanghai Center of Photography
"A comprehensive photo-book about Hong Kong's history to date, and a must-have for anyone who has made Hong Kong their home in the last 25 years."
Founder of Blue Lotus Gallery
“A unique collection of photographs to celebrate this magical city. Authentically captured, these stunning memories share the story of our ever-evolving home, Hong Kong.”
Madelon de Grave
Founder of Bamboo Scenes