Books | One Square Foot


One Square Foot 樓花
By John Fung 馮建中

SBN 978-988-99266-1-8
305mm (H) x 305mm (W)
128 pages. Full-color. Hardcover
Bilingual (English & Chinese)
Price:HKD $285

Hong Kong is often cited as the city with the most high-rise buildings and highest population density. Yet more skyscrapers are being built to fulfill economic ends. Various reclamation projects along the city’s coastlines have made way for gigantic architectural mega-structures, further narrowing our harbour. Older buildings are torn down with no consideration for urban conservation or regeneration. While there are buildings with low or zero occupancy, developers continue to feed their insatiable desire to play the market game as residential and commercial property values rise at an escalating rate. Meanwhile, housing remains a major concern to citizens – for people living in tightly packed spaces with no privacy, owning a home is the highest aspirations of many, and a home mortgage becomes a lifelong obligation.

How much higher will our one square foot go? We are helplessly trapped in this city jungle of architecture, including photographer John Fung. Fung’s One Square Foot challenges us to seek a different appreciation of the open, geometric abstraction and complexity of spatial relationships in our concrete city. While aesthetically intriguing and disarmingly amiable - and at times one will be lost in these people-less images - Fung’s new series of multi-exposure photography works literally triumphs over the emptiness of this purposeless congestion. One begins to question what put us in such an unsympathetic city situation.

香港寸金尺土,摩天大樓不斷拔地而起。攝影師馮建中在多重曝光的鏡頭下,擁擠石屎城市幻化成超現實幾何影像。仔細審視這些無人地帶之際,誰 不會問:是什麼把我們推進如此境地?


About the Author


Born in 1950s in Madagascar, John Fung moved to Mainland China with his family at the age of 13. After receiving education in Macau, Fung chose to live in Hong Kong where he worked across different disciplines of odd jobs and work including starring in the movie, working in the construction sites, opening restaurants,making lamps, but never has he put down his camera lens. Over the past few years, he has photographed for magazines and recently for non-profit organizations.