Monday, October 3, 2011

Photography by Greg Girard

Greg Girard

Greg Girard is a Canadian photographer (b. 1955) who has spent much of his career in Asia, first visiting Hong Kong in 1974, and later living in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. He became a professional photographer in 1987, based first in Hong Kong and later in Shanghai. His work to date has examined the social and physical transformations taking place throughout the region.

In 1993 he co-authored (with Ian Lambot) "City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City", a record in photographs and text of the final years of Hong Kong’s infamous Walled City, demolished in 1992. This unique city-within-a-city was comprised of 300 separate interconnected high-rise buildings, erected piecemeal and without an architect in sight, and housed more than 33,000 people.

In 2007, "Phantom Shanghai", a monograph of his photographs of Shanghai was published by Magenta Publishing for the Arts, and was listed by the Independent Newspaper (UK) as one of the top ten photography books ever published.

"In the Near Distance", a book of photographs of his early travels, taken between 1973 and 1985, was published in 2010 by Kominek Publications, Berlin. Photography critic Jorg Colberg cites "In the Near Distance" as "adding an important new body of work to the canon of 1970s colour art photography".
"Hanoi Calling", published in 2010 by Magenta Publishing for the Arts, is his fourth book, and looks at the Vietnamese capital on the eve of its millennium anniversary.

His work is represented by Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver/Toronto). He works on assignment for publications such as National Geographic Magazine and continues to pursue long-term book length projects.
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