Greg Girard


Greg Girard is a Canadian photographer (b. 1955) who has spent much of his career in Asia. His work has examined the social and physical transformations in Asia, especially in its largest cities, for more than four decades.

He is the author of several photographic books. City of Darkness Revisited, published 2014, revives an early collaboration with co-author Ian Lambot, and updates their inJluential book, City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City (Watermark, 1993).

Based in Shanghai between 1998 and 2011, his photographic monograph, Phantom Shang- hai (Magenta, Toronto, 2007), with a foreword by novelist William Gibson, looks at the rapid and at times violent changes in Shanghai as it raced to remake itself at the beginning of the 21st Century. The Independent newspaper UK cited Phantom Shanghai as one the top ten photographic books ever produced.

Other titles include Under Vancouver 1972-1982 (Magenta, Toronto, 2017); HK:PM. Hong Kong Night Life 1974-1989 (AsiaOne, Hong Kong, 2017); Hotel Okinawa (The Velvet Cell, Os- aka, 2017); Hanoi Calling (Magenta, Toronto, 2010); and In the Near Distance (Kominek, Berlin, 2010), a book of early photographs made in Asia and North America between 1973 and 1986.

The International Centre of Photography, New York, featured his series “Half the Surface of the World”, a survey of US military bases and their host communities in Asia, in 2012. His work is in the collection of National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, M+ Museum Hong Kong, and other public and private collections.

His photographs have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Fortune, the Sunday Times Magazine (UK) and others.

He is represented by Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver.