Book: Pascal Greco | Hong Kong - Perspectives, Prospectives, Typologies

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Book: Pascal Greco | Hong Kong - Perspectives, Prospectives, Typologies

430.00

// Signed copy

Infolio Editions & Mccm Creations | 2018
Graphic design by NASK
224 pages | 17,5 x 23 cm
135 Black & White Polaroids
3 languages, English, Chinese, French
Texts by Dr Ernest Chui, Associate Professor - Dept of Social Work & Social Admin at HKU
Hendrik Tieben, Associate Professor - School of Architecture at CUHK
Evelyn Ting & Paul Tse, Architects - New Office Works

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Pascal Greco, a self-taught filmmaker, cinematographer, editor, and photographer, whose earlier works also consisted of documenting the urban landscape, has released his latest collection of photographs in book form. Hong Kong - Perspectives, Prospectives, Typologies is an intriguing collection of Polaroid photographs of apartment complexes in this densely populated city. It is an examination of not simply the structures themselves, but of their evolution and proliferation throughout the region in one of the world’s most important financial centers. While not the first time Greco has used instant film as the building blocks for bodies of work, this is his most ambitious effort thus far. The collection spans the years 2012-2017 and clearly took a concentrated effort to complete using film that is no longer commercially available for purchase.

One of the most interesting aspects of this study over the years is the fact that Greco takes us on a historical journey of the smallest and earliest buildings at the start of the book, into growth over time into the more recent mega-complexes toward the end. Certainly, as the population grew, so did the sheer size and complexity of the housing units. Also noted throughout, are the starkness of the building architecture, coupled with the complexity of the ever-growing layout.

For anyone paying attention, it can also be noticed that the entire collection of photographs are actually 1:1 reproduction of the original Polaroid prints created while making these images. It can be seen that the act of relegating oneself to one type of film and one type of camera with a fixed lens, the process of creating these photographs takes on a journey that forces Greco to spend a tremendous amount of time finding the right angle and view to make the intended image each and every time. Again, the size of the buildings in the sequencing start to finish increases over time, so the need to move farther and farther away simply to fit the structure within the frame means having to get yourself that much further away to the point of finding yourself at an incredible distance from the subject. All of this maneuvering creates images that are intimate at the start, yet distant and remote at the end. Perhaps, this only goes to solidify the notion that the society itself has become less connected over time due to its own overpopulation.

The results of this collection of work force us to find beauty in the mundane, while at the same time examine our own modern society through the living spaces we occupy. While the buildings themselves, at first glance, seem boring and a bit obnoxious, it is their form, sheer size, and relation to the landscape they reside in that makes them an intriguing statement on contemporary life. The black and white images focus on form and texture and help in allowing the work a timeless feel. The sequencing and progression of the images - from their corner locations, to rooftops, window studies, public spaces with literally no public within view, to the monolithic structures existing between shrinking green spaces, are all a fascinating study of what it might be like to live in the confines of Hong Kong in the 21st century.

From the perspective of one who responds well to instant film, film use in general, or architecture, this book fits the bill for any and all of these concepts. From a design standpoint, the layout and text is clean and makes for an easy read. The overall size of the book is smaller, due to the 1:1 sizing of the original Polaroid prints, and has the feel of taking your favorite novel for a spin. The construction and materials of the book, including its embossed title, are of wonderful craftsmanship for this intimate book of photographs, and it is clear that this will stand the test of time in more ways than one. This photo book has taken a spot on my bookshelf that shall be forever within easy reach.

– source: Michael Kirchoff for Analog Forever