Friday Inspiration – Vincent Yu

Vincent Yu is a Hong Kong photographer, born in 1964, who is interested in documenting disappearing heritage and architecture as well as communities affected by these changes. My favorite work of his is of Shek Kip Mei, the first public housing estate development in Hong Kong built in 1954. The resettlement project was an immediate response to the need for temporary relief as a result of the massive fire that destroyed the Shek Kip Mei squatter area on Christmas Eve 1953, when over 53,000 Chinese immigrants lost their makeshift homes overnight. The estate buildings, housing 2,500 people, were essentially concrete bunkers lacking the basics of doors, windows, electricity and running water. For two dollars a month, a family of five was able to cram into a cubicle of about 200 square feet.

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More of Vincent Yu’s work can be found at vincentyu.net.

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