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Hong Kong x 24 x 365: A Year in the Life of a City [Hardcover]

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After History with a capital 'H', which visited Hong Kong for the 1997 handover, had moved its spotlight somewhere else (to economically burgeoning mainland China, perhaps), and before fully democratic elections, Hong Kong was left becalmed, with a sense that things were not really moving forward. This in-between phase, without major dramas, where history was only with small 'h', is the subject of this locally oriented micro-historical analysis of one of the world's great cities - which had so lost self-confidence in this period that it started promoting itself as 'Asia's World City', but which might yet prove to be a city that changes China (and therefore the world). Specifying this time, through a collection of colour photographs taken during a randomly chosen twelve-month period, David Clarke presents a year in the life of the city in which he has lived for the last two decades. An antidote to the tourist picture-postcard view of Hong Kong which is so often propagated to locals and visitors alike, these images and their accompanying text are produced from a proximity which enables both a critical engagement with the city and a celebration of its uniqueness.

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Studio: Hong Kong University Press
Pages   173
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 11" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   2.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 15, 2007
Publisher   Hong Kong University Press
ISBN  9622098177  
ISBN13  9789622098176  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Clarke is an acknowledged expert on supernatural beliefs of twentieth-century war. He has written seven books on strange phenomena and UFOs and has been an advisor on this subject to both print and broadcast media. He teaches on traditions of supernatural belief at the Centre for English Folklore Studies at the University of Sheffield.

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Now with 60% More Blurry Photos  Aug 29, 2007
Do you remember all the songs that used the robot voice filter? This is the photographic equivalent of that. In an effort to be artistic, the photographer has resorted to blurry photos. I'm not saying blurry photos aren't artistic... but when more than half the photos are like that, it wears out its welcome. I wish I had the chance to preview some photos.

For a place like Hong Kong, these photos are mundane. I'm not looking for tourist style photos, but something out of the ordinary. It looks like the photographer didn't try hard enough to find interesting subjects. Since this is a 365 day style book and since most photos are taken at night, I'm guessing these photos were taken on the way back home from work.

According to the appendix, the photos in this book were taken with a digital camera using only zoom lenses with upper ranges of 105mm and 432mm.

365 days x (Night time photography + zoom lens - tripod) = bad blurry photos

I bought this book since I've taken over thousands of photos in Hong Kong in 20+ trips. I was looking for something that would really impress me. This book wasn't it. I'm immediately returning it.

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