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Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2021

15 October - 28 November



Hong Kong International Photo Festival returns this fall with Photography Cinema as main programme, and the third edition of Satellite Exhibitions. Presenting 49 works from South and Southeast Asia, Photography Cinema explores the multitude of forms and narrativity between ‘still’ and ‘moving’, while this year’s Satellite Exhibitions gather 16 exhibitions, 13 venue partners and 5 collaborators, to continue experimenting with common venues and various spaces in the city to create new photographic encounters for audiences of different ages and background.

Photography Cinema
‘Moving still’, ‘still moving’, and everything in between

In previous editions of HKIPF, the elaborate exhibition production process of artwork framing, transportation, display, insurance, and administration needed significant time and resources. This year, we have elected to channel our resources into exploring the multitude forms, concepts and narrativity of images. We reached out to six neighbours and invited them on as Curatorial Partners to introduce recent works in the region and gather new starting points for contemplating the mutual transformative influences photography and our modes of living have on each other; for etching out and reflecting on the minute details of a multifaceted contemporary society.

Our curatorial partners are Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography from Bangladesh; PhotoBangkok from Thailand; Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops from Cambodia; Jakarta International Photo Festival from Indonesia; Singapore International Photography Festival; and Lightbox Photo Library from Taiwan. Through the use of screening as an alternative to the more familiar forms of exhibition output and display, we can still witness different places and people in our global emergency, witness each other’s very existence, and recognise each other’s voices from (screens) afar.


The Hong Kong International Photo Festival (HKIPF) was launched in 2010. In each edition, the Festival focuses on a different theme, introducing noteworthy photographers, trends, and movements and discussing manifold issues and perspectives. Through a wide range of public programmes, the Festival bridges Hong Kong and international visual practitioners, creating conversations between people and place, past and present, and oneself and the world.

The Hong Kong International Photo Festival is organised by the Hong Kong Photographic Culture Association, founded in 2009 by 19 Hong Kong photographers and awarded the 2011 Hong Kong Arts Development Council Award for Arts Promotion. Since 2014, the Association has been financially supported by the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme and since 2018 the Art Development Matching Grants Scheme of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.


15 October
28 November
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