Dustin Shum

Location: Hong Kong
Nationality: Hong Kong
Biography: Dustin Shum was born and currently lives in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Photographic Design.  A photojournalist for more than ten years, he now works... read on
Introducing my b/w archive in Instagram
dustin shum
Nov 1, 2017
Roughly during the sovereignty handover of Hong Kong in 1997, I decided to focus my photography in colour, refining my visual narrative with the colour medium. I have never shot a single b/w photo since then. (My VR project last year was done by converting colour 360 images into b/w artificially). It became a strange soul searching journey to me when I digged into my b/w archive recently. These photographs reminded me how we lived and through them we might find a vestige of the city remains.

Many of these photos were taken during my college years that they might not be technically exceptional or “Ho Fan-ish". While going through these photos made in the embryonic stage of my career, I felt like having a weird dialogue with a much younger self. It’s also like talking to a stranger as I might no longer embrace aesthetics of such kind anymore. I usually have no room for nostalgia even when witnessing the decline of this city. However, these photos give me a hint of how my personality and my vision towards the world have been shaped.

Rather than leaving my Instagram account deserted I think it’s an opportunity to share these photos with all of you. Starting with my photos of "Kowloon Walled City" in 1992, the once infamous virtually lawless labyrinth in Hong Kong. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City)


Complete series can be found here: http://www.dustinshum.com/kowloon-walled-city


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BLOCKS chosen as one of the best books in 2016

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My new website is here finally!

By Dustin Shum — Finally I have my website ready! It's a pleasure for me to be a part in the fotovisura community. And..
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