The Last Tong Lau

  • Photographer
    Stefan Irvine
  • Prize
    1st Place / Architecture/Other
  • Date of Photograph
    2014 - 2018
  • Technical Info
    Full Frame and Crop Frame Sensors, Digitally Stitched Linear Panoramas

This series focuses on Hong Kong’s tong lau (唐樓), or Chinese “shophouse” buildings - a type of mixed-use architecture once popular throughout southern China. With much of Hong Kong’s urban heritage under constant threat of redevelopment, these photographs serve as vital historical documents for the communities they depict. The facade of the buildings are captured at precise intervals and distances. These photos from multiple perspectives are then digitally merged by Jörg Dietrich into one expansive, seamless image, creating a singular visualisation of the architecture in an entire city block.

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