City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City

The Kowloon Walled City was a singular Hong Kong phenomenon: 33,000 people living in over 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect, ungoverned by Hong Kong's safety and health regulations, covering one square city block in a densely populated neighborhood near the end of the runway at Kai Tak airport. In collaboration with Ian Lambot, I spent five years photographing and becoming familiar with the Walled City, its residents, and how it was organized. So seemingly compromised and anarchic on its surface, it actually worked -and to a large extent, worked well. The Walled City was torn down in 1992 but the photographs, oral histories, maps and essays in our book provide the most thorough record of daily life in a place that was a true Hong Kong original.

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Kowloon Walled City Night View from SW Corner. 1987
Kowloon Walled City Night View from SW Corner. 1987
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Rooftop apartment, Walled City, 1991
Rooftop apartment, Walled City, 1991
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Watching aircraft land at Kai Tak Airport from Walled City rooftop, 1990
Watching aircraft land at Kai Tak Airport from Walled City rooftop, 1990
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Kwong Ming Street, Kowloon Walled City, 1989
Kwong Ming Street, Kowloon Walled City, 1989
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BBQ Meat Factory, 1990
BBQ Meat Factory, 1990
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Rubber Plunger Factory, 1989
Rubber Plunger Factory, 1989
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Hairdresser, Kowloon Walled City, 1989
Hairdresser, Kowloon Walled City, 1989
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Worker in Fishball Factory, 1987
Worker in Fishball Factory, 1987
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Mail Delivery, Kowloon Walled City, 1989
Mail Delivery, Kowloon Walled City, 1989
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Postman, Walled City, 1989
Postman, Walled City, 1989
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Walled city resident in his 7x12 ft home, 1989
Walled city resident in his 7x12 ft home, 1989
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Dentist, Walled City, 1989
Dentist, Walled City, 1989
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Noodle Factory and Family Residence, 1989
Noodle Factory and Family Residence, 1989
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Delivering flour, Kowloon Walled City, 1990
Delivering flour, Kowloon Walled City, 1990
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Weaving Factory, Walled City, 1989
Weaving Factory, Walled City, 1989
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Noodle Factory Desktop, 1989
Noodle Factory Desktop, 1989
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Washing at public standpipe, 1989
Washing at public standpipe, 1989
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West Side Street (with Overhead Pipes), 1990
West Side Street (with Overhead Pipes), 1990
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Fishball Factory, 1987
Fishball Factory, 1987
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BBQ Meat Factory, 1989
BBQ Meat Factory, 1989
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Heroin User, Walled City Rooftop, 1987
Heroin User, Walled City Rooftop, 1987
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Clearing discarded refuse, flung from upper floor apartments, from overhead pipes, 1989
Clearing discarded refuse, flung from upper floor apartments, from overhead pipes, 1989
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Metal grate protects temple below from trash, 1989
Metal grate protects temple below from trash, 1989
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Metal grate protects temple from garbage, thrown from upper floors, 1989
Metal grate protects temple from garbage, thrown from upper floors, 1989
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Relaxing on Walled City rooftop, 1989
Relaxing on Walled City rooftop, 1989
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Young boy in family-run shop, 1990
Young boy in family-run shop, 1990
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Young boy in living area in back of family shop, 1990
Young boy in living area in back of family shop, 1990
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Walled City Dentist Window Display, 1989
Walled City Dentist Window Display, 1989
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Dentist Window, Walled City, 1989
Dentist Window, Walled City, 1989
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Striped Bag, Walled City, 1989
Striped Bag, Walled City, 1989
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Walled City, Tung Tau Tsuen Rd, 1987
Walled City, Tung Tau Tsuen Rd, 1987
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Cafe, Tung Tau Tsuen Road, Kowloon Walled City, 1989
Cafe, Tung Tau Tsuen Road, Kowloon Walled City, 1989
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Walled City Apartment Interior, 1989
Walled City Apartment Interior, 1989
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Student doing homework on Walled City rooftop, 1989
Student doing homework on Walled City rooftop, 1989
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Walled City TV aerials with Kai Tak Airport in background, 1990
Walled City TV aerials with Kai Tak Airport in background, 1990
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Children playing on Walled City rooftop, 1989
Children playing on Walled City rooftop, 1989
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Cathay Pacific jet passing Walled City rooftops. 1989
Cathay Pacific jet passing Walled City rooftops. 1989
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Kowloon Walled City, 1987
Kowloon Walled City, 1987
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